On a cold rainy night this past October, a series of large boxes are tucked in the darkness on the top step of a church in midtown Manhattan. This is where Robbie lives. He is waiting for the Coalition's Grand Central Food Program van. As it arrives with hot meals, Robbie and the other men who sleep in front of the church finish putting their boxes together for the night. Their goal is to create a tight seal to keep the body heat in.
Rebecca suffers from schizophrenia and has not had a stable home since she was in her teens. Remarkably, when Rebecca applied for shelter, she was assigned to one designed for homeless women who are employed. One of the shelter rules is that residents must save a quarter of their income each month. Without a job or even public assistance benefits, Rebecca literally had nothing to save. When she came to our Crisis Intervention walk-in center, she had just been ejected from her shelter. Our crisis counselors arranged an interview the same day with a psychiatrist and scheduled a hearing to appeal her shelter eviction.
Vincent was in a shelter for over a year before he came to the Coalition frustrated by the shelter's poor conditions and looking for affordable housing. The Coalition's Crisis Intervention counselors, shelter specialists, and Client Advocacy Program worked together to address the issues at the shelter, as well as help him apply for disability benefits and search for appropriate supportive housing.
Sharon has a full-time job, but didn't make enough to keep her apartment that she shared with her daughter and became homeless. After seeing a presentation by the Coalition at her shelter, she enrolled in our Rental Assistance Program where she was helped finding an affordable apartment and given a small stipend to help bridge the gap between her income and rent.
Sheena was homeless and lacked the skills to find a full-time job to support her daughter. The Coalition's First Step Job Training Program helped her get back on her feet, find employment, and reunite with her daughter.
Not making enough at her dangerous security job to find a place of her own, Sabrina attended the Coalition's First Step program and eventually was hired full-time at Columbia University.