Housing Works residential redo

May 4, 2010 3:24:01 PM PDT
Volunteers and an actress help add a new addition to an apartment building in New York City.Piece by piece, a brand new roof top for Cylar House is coming together.

The East Village building opened up 13-years ago as a home for 36 men and women with HIV and AIDS.

Each resident has a studio apartment and other amenities.

It's a community of sorts and a safe haven.

That's why the non profit "Housing Works" opened it, and why volunteers are helping to improve it.

The transformation was made possible in part by Kmart and actress turned designer, Jaclyn Smith.

It's her furniture line that now fills the space.

It's a donation that makes the roof feel like a getaway.

"Being able to create this, it's a good feeling," said Jaclyn Smith.

If this inspires you to get into the design mood, this week begins the "Design on a Dime" fundraiser for Housing Works.

It's high end furniture and home accessories all for sale at deep discounts.

Last year's "Design on a Dime" event raised nearly $500,000.

The money raised at this week's event will go to open another facility much like Cylar House, but in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which is a neighborhood that's been hit hard by AIDS.

In the meantime, the new roof at Cylar House is all set.

It offers a stunning view and perhaps some comfort and hope to those who live there.

To purchase tickets for the "Design on the Dime" event please visit www.housingworks.org/dime or call 347-473-7457.

The May 6th VIP event is followed by free and open-to-the-public shopping on Friday, May 7th from 10am to 6pm, and on Saturday, May 8th from 10am to 6pm.