For many homeless men and women, a sense of home no longer seems possible after living on the streets or in shelters for years. The isolation and rejection they face on a daily basis often damages their ability to trust, and depletes their capacity for hope. Coalition Houses enables these individuals to fully experience the joy and comfort of having a home of their own.
Coalition Houses was opened in 1988 to offer private apartment living to homeless single men and women in three contiguous five-story brownstone buildings on a serene, tree-lined street on the Upper West Side, just one block from the American Museum of Natural History.
Some of our tenants are mentally or physically disabled; others have histories of substance abuse. All have access to onsite services that help them with socialization, household budgeting, and healthcare and family issues in a safe and stable environment. Each tenant sets vocational, educational and personal goals with our social worker upon moving in, and follow-up meetings are held regularly to monitor progress and trouble shoot any obstacles to stability.
Our 38 tenants pay an affordable monthly rent based on their individual income, with the Coalition utilizing a mix of subsidy streams to ensure that the building is properly run, staffed and maintained so that we can provide a safe and welcoming home for our residents.