The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women, and children. We are dedicated to the principle that affordable housing, sufficient food and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized.
Every day, the Coalition for the Homeless helps more than 3,500 men, women and children suffering in extreme poverty. Our 11 frontline direct service programs provide emergency food and clothing, eviction prevention, crisis services, permanent housing, job training and youth programs to address immediate needs while helping individuals and families overcome long-term barriers to employment and stability.
Here is a summary of each program’s recent accomplishments:
- The Grand Central Food Program delivered roughly 1,000 hot, nutritious meals per night — every night of the year — to hungry men, women and children on the streets of NYC.
- Our Eviction Prevention Program saved more than 600 households from the trauma of homelessness — keeping them in their own homes and out of the shelter system.
- Our Crisis Intervention Program, a barrier-free, walk-in program where any homeless and poor New Yorkers can receive immediate assistance with almost any issue, helped nearly 8,000 men, women and children in crisis.
- The Client Advocacy Program helped nearly 100 mentally and physically disabled homeless adults — who had been languishing, all but forgotten, for years on the streets or in shelters — access critical disability benefits and find permanent supportive housing.
- The Rental Assistance Program enabled 63 households of working homeless individuals and families to move from shelter into permanent housing by providing small rent subsidies and case management.
- The Bridge Building served as a stable home and sanctuary for 14 families who created a welcoming, close-knit community to recover from the shared trauma of homelessness.
- Coalition Houses provided permanent housing and supportive services to 38 homeless single adults in three beautiful landmarked brownstones in Manhattan.
- Our Scattered Site Housing Program gave 48 single adults and 18 families living with HIV/AIDS the dignity and security of safe, permanent housing.
- The First Step Job Training Program gave 140 homeless and low-income women the skills, experience and confidence needed to find living-wage jobs.
- Camp Homeward Bound, the nation’s first summer sleep-away camp designed specifically for homeless kids, welcomed 300 children to our pristine lakefront campsite in Harriman State Park.
- Bound for Success offered after-school tutoring and recreation as well as a summer day-camp to more than 75 homeless girls and boys living in a family shelter located in Brooklyn.
The Coalition’s Advocacy team has continued to push the City and State to invest in proven, housing-based solutions to homelessness. We have achieved notable progress in recent months on several key fronts:
- Successfully pressing the City to establish rental subsidy programs to move thousands of homeless families and individuals out of costly emergency shelter and into permanent housing. As a result of these new programs, the total number of men, women and children sleeping in shelters each night has decreased each month since the beginning of 2015, dipping below 60,000 for the first time since last October.
- Restoring priority placements for homeless families into public housing. At the Coalition’s urging, Mayor de Blasio has resumed the practice of prioritizing a portion of New York City Housing Agency (NYCHA) vacancies for homeless families.
- Launching a statewide campaign to create additional permanent housing with supportive services. The “Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing” calls for Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to forge a new agreement to create 30,000 supportive housing units in New York City (and an additional 5,000 upstate) over the next ten years for homeless individuals and families with psychiatric disabilities or other special needs.
As the most trusted organization providing services and advocacy to homeless New Yorkers, it is a core value of the Coalition that as much of our revenue as possible be put directly into services for our neighbors in need. We’re proud that more than $0.88 of every $1.00 raised is spent on our programs, which exceeds standards set by charitable watchdog groups.
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