One of the most fundamental approaches to reducing homelessness is to prevent it in the first place. With that in mind, the Coalition created its renowned Eviction Prevention Program, which keeps potentially homeless families in their apartments by providing one-time grants for rental arrears. As New York City rents skyrocket and earnings for workers at the low end of the pay scale stagnate, more of our neighbors find themselves on the brink of eviction. The overwhelming majority are working families who fell behind in their rent after experiencing sudden medical costs, a death in the family, or loss of a job.
To utilize our resources efficiently, applicants must demonstrate that they will be able to pay their rent going forward. This ensures that our assistance will solve the problem, rather than just postpone inevitable homelessness for a few months.
Last year the Coalition rescued more than 500 families from eviction by helping them pay their back rent and get their lives back on track. Our average grant size is $1000, but every dollar we provide leverages up to five dollars - more than $1.5 million per year in total - in matching contributions from partner agencies. Given the exorbitant cost of sheltering a family - $38,000 per family per year - eviction prevention is one of the most cost-effective methods available for alleviating New York City's homelessness crisis.
If you are in need of Eviction Prevention services, please call our hotline at 212-776-2039 on Wednesday mornings starting at 9:30am. Since we receive a high volume of calls, it may be difficult to get through. PLEASE KEEP TRYING until you get an answer or hear a message saying that all appointments are full for the week. We also recommend calling the City Wide Task Force Hotline at 212-962-4795 to learn about other opportunities for arrears.
For more information about Eviction Prevention, please call 212-776-2055.
Regina and Lawrence knew it was just a matter of time before the eviction notice would come. They'd been able to keep their family afloat with her office work and his construction job, but with three children, money was tight.
Then, Lawrence was laid off. For months, Regina was forced to set aside the rent bills in order to feed their children. While she eventually landed a better paying job that would enable her to cover most of their expenses, the landlord had already started eviction proceedings.
Knowing that the family would be able to pay their future rent, the Coalition's Eviction Prevention program partnered with other agencies to fully cover their arrears and enroll them in food stamps, enabling them to get by until Lawrence is able to find new work.