Jerry Breen is the Eviction Prevention Program Manager. The Coalition for the Homeless’ Eviction Prevention Program saves more than 800 households every year from losing their homes and experiencing the trauma of homelessness.
Perry first started coming to the Grand Central Food Program when he was homeless. Now that he has secured housing, he continues to use the soup kitchen to supplement his income and is a regular volunteer with the program.
Taneka became homeless almost three years ago following a serious car accident and devastating health diagnosis. When she first came to the Coalition for the Homeless for help, she and her three children were living in a shelter for nearly two years. We immediately enrolled her children in our summer sleep-away camp, Camp Homeward Bound, so they could escape the grim realities of shelter life for a few weeks and just be kids while Taneka underwent medical treatment. Once the Camp season ended, we helped the family apply for food stamps and medical insurance and are now working with them to obtain permanent housing with support services through our Client Advocacy Program.
This video was lovingly made by her teenage daughter as part of a Digital Media Internship at the Coalition.