The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women, and children. We believe 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.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 695 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 123 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 (affordable housing with onsite services).
- The Rental Assistance Program enabled 34 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 51 single adults and 19 families living with HIV/AIDS the dignity and security of safe, permanent housing.
- The First Step Job Training Program gave 147 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 302 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 39 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:
- Securing groundbreaking commitments from the City and State to create permanent supportive housing for New Yorkers with mental illness, disabilities and other chronic health conditions. Thanks to the dedicated advocacy of the Coalition and our allies, Mayor de Blasio agreed to commit $2.6 billion to fund 15,000 units of supportive housing over the next 15 years. Governor Cuomo followed suit in January, announcing his own plan to develop an additional 20,000 supportive units over 15 years.
- Restructuring homeless services in New York City. In April, the City completed a 90-day review of the Department of Homeless Services and released the outline of a comprehensive plan for restructuring New York’s entire homeless services system. The plan, much of which is directly responsive to the recommendations of the Coalition for the Homeless, focuses on prevention, street homelessness, shelter conditions and rehousing.
- Protecting vulnerable homeless families and children in the shelter system. The City finally granted the Coalition access to the family shelter system so that we can monitor conditions and more effectively fight on behalf of those families.
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 $0.89 of every $1.00 raised is spent on our programs, which exceeds standards set by charitable watchdog groups.
Note: In FY16 the Coalition received a capital grant of $742,944 from the City of New York to repair damage to a Coalition building that resulted from the actions of a City agency. Neither the capital grant nor the associated capital expenses are included in the charts above, which reflect operating funds and expenses.
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