Client Stories

Ron and Maria

After a terrible car accident Ron, Maria, and their daughter Jisella were facing eviction from their home. With the help of the Coalition's Eviction Prevention Program, they were able to pay their arrears and prevent them from entering the shelter system.

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Sabrina

After losing her job and depleting her savings, Sabrina began living in a homeless shelter in Upper Manhattan. She had few job skills and lacked the confidence to get ahead. The Coalition's First Step Job Training Program helped her turn her life around and find permanent employment.

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Jesse

Jesse

When Jesse arrived at Camp Homeward Bound this past summer, he was quiet and reserved. By the end of the first week, however, Jesse let his guard down, ultimately thriving at Camp, learning new skills and making new friends.

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Angela

Angela

Angela knows that at Bound for Success, she must finish her homework before joining recreational activities such as Arts and Crafts. For a while, Angela lagged doing her schoolwork, but eventually she became focused and finished her tasks in time so she could participate in fun activities organized by our staff. She saw the benefits of good work habits and understood the importance of seeing tasks through.

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Laura and Michael

Laura and Michael

Laura and her seven-year-old son Michael lost their Far Rockaway apartment when their landlord racked up so many violations that residents were forced to leave. Their only alternative was to move into a Bronx shelter. Almost immediately, Michael started performing poorly in school and getting into trouble.

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Jeff

Jeff

For nearly a decade, Jeff was a regular at the Coalition's mobile soup kitchen. He lived and slept in midtown parks, church steps, sidewalks, storefronts, and waterfronts. Earlier this year Jeff moved into Coalition Houses on the Upper West Side. With the help of the Coalition, his life has been completely transformed. "People who live here have a sense of caring for each other. We've all been on the streets and had a hard time, and we don't want to end up there again."

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Tannie

Tannie

Recently, Tannie was hit with two devastating blows: She became homeless after her mother, with whom she'd been living, died of cancer. She also learned during a pre-natal visit that she was HIV+. She applied for benefits at the HIV/AIDS Service Administration and was referred to the Coalition's Scattered Site Housing Program (SSHP). At this time, Tannie was eight months pregnant, frightened about her health, and even more terrified about her unborn child's fate.

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Roberta

Roberta became homeless a few months ago when the landlord raised the rent on the room she was renting in Brooklyn. Our Rental Assistance staff knew Roberta was an ideal candidate for the program.

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Anthony

Anthony has lived with disabilities from a young age. As an adult, he applied to receive disability assistance numerous times. Each time, he was denied because of errors in his application. Anthony was living in a Bronx shelter ill-equipped for his specific medical needs. His health was deteriorating rapidly, and he was in dire need of help.

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Carmen and Luis

Carmen and Luis have lived in Brooklyn since getting married three years ago. Carmen worked a beauty salon while Luis worked as a furniture mover. This past fall, Luis was unexpectedly hospitalized for a severe leg injury. Medical staff told them that even if Luis's surgery was successful - which it was - he would still suffer from a chronic, permanent condition that produces severe pain and fatigue. He would be unable to continue working.

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