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."
After so many years of living on the streets, Jeff now has a place to call his own. "Since I have a place to live now, I can splurge a little. I can go to the dinners at churches and high schools without all my excess baggage. When I meet people there, and they ask where I live, I can tell them. I'm on a new journey now. I've got a bed and a phone, and I know these fantastic people. I can't wait to show people the new me."more stories of homeless new yorkers