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 660 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 55 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 126 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 292 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 lower Manhattan shelter.
Our Advocacy Department released its annual State of the Homeless report and succeeded in making homelessness a key issue in the 2013 New York City mayoral campaigns. We guided the new de Blasio administration in its decisions to expand Code Blue regulations to families (barring shelters from turning people away during freezing weather), and to cease placing children in two of the most notoriously unsafe family shelters. We also continued in our unique role as court-appointed monitor of the homeless shelter system for single adults, and as the primary source of accurate data and analyses about the status of — and solutions to — New York City’s homelessness crisis.
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 $0.87 of every $1.00 raised is spent on our programs, which exceeds standards set by charitable watchdog groups.
Download the CFH Financial Statement for the Year Ending June 30, 2013 (PDF). If you would like a copy of our 990, please contact us at: Coalition for the Homeless, 129 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038; or via phone at (212) 776-2002.
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