Research and Policy

The Coalition’s comprehensive reports and policy briefs analyze a wide range of issues involving homelessness, including affordable housing policy, family homelessness, mental health issues, welfare reform, and the New York City shelter system.

State of the Homeless

The Coalition’s annual report provides an overview of homelessness in New York City. Recent reports have analyzed the dramatic increases in New York City’s homeless shelter population and outlined proven solutions.

Policy Briefs and Research Reports

The Coalition’s policy briefs and research provide up-to-date and in-depth analysis of homeless and housing policy. Coalition briefing papers have analyzed City policies threatening the right to shelter, the flaws in time-limited rent subsidy programs, and the impact of war on homelessness. Coalition research reports include studies of New York City’s widening affordable housing gap, the City’s use of illegal boarding houses to shelter homeless people, and the impact of the 1990s welfare reform on homelessness in New York.


Coalition for the Homeless routinely provides testimony on a range of homeless policy issues at public hearings before the New York State Legislature and the New York City Council.