FY 2021 Annual Report

Mission Statement

The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless individuals and families. We believe that affordable housing, sufficient food and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized.

Program Accomplishments

This year (2021) was the 40th anniversary of the Coalition for the Homeless and the right to shelter in NYC, which has given more than one million homeless New Yorkers a way off the streets. While the COVID-19 pandemic posed numerous challenges to providing services safely, the Coalition never stopped meeting the needs of the most vulnerable families and individuals in our city.


The Grand Central Food Program – the largest nightly mobile soup kitchen in the United States – served more than 1,000 meals per night at 25 street locations around Manhattan and the Bronx, totaling roughly 368,500 meals over the course of the year. We also distributed PPE and other emergency items – including 75,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, thousands of prepaid cash cards for emergency essentials, and nearly 300,000 face masks.

Crisis Services

The Eviction Prevention Program saved 598 households from becoming homeless by providing one-time rental arrears grants and is prepared to assist a much larger number of at-risk New Yorkers once the State eviction moratorium is lifted. The Crisis Intervention Program provided assistance to individuals and families on more than 800 separate occasions each month via our hotline – and at our front door – to access safe, appropriate shelter, secure benefits and entitlements, and receive referrals to legal and mental health services. The Client Advocacy Program supported 88 individuals with physical disabilities or mental illness who have endured long-term homelessness to secure benefits and obtain supportive housing. The Emergency Mail Program provided 1,500 homeless individuals with a discreet and reliable means to receive critical correspondences with social service agencies and potential employers. 


The Coalition’s three housing programs – Scattered Site Housing Program, Coalition Houses, and Bridge Building – provided stable, permanent housing to 169 residents and ensured their health and wellbeing by conducting regular case management check-ins via telephone and in person when needed.

Job Training

The First Step Job Training Program developed a new six-week virtual training for women interested in securing employment in the human services field. Since initiating the new model, the program has helped 209 women on their path to a rewarding, living-wage job.

Youth Programs

Camp Homeward Bound successfully welcomed 174 children back to our sleepaway camp in Harriman State Park. CHB’s four, eight-day sessions provided traditional summer camp activities like sports, swimming, art, music, dance, and photography for kids living in shelters throughout the city. Bound for Success provided after-school programming and virtual one-on-one tutoring for 36 homeless students living in shelter. BFS also distributed more than 1,000 laptops to students in the shelter system through our Homeless Schoolkids Laptop Project, with 1,200 more in the pipeline at year’s end.


The Coalition’s Advocacy team continued to give voice to those who have had none by urging City and State officials to heed the science and adopt a coordinated response to protect those without homes during the pandemic. We brought two lawsuits against the City through our partners at The Legal Aid Society: one calling on the City to offer single-occupancy hotel rooms to all homeless single adults, and the other compelling the City to install WiFi in all shelters with school-age children so that the kids can access remote education. We also filed a legal motion to halt the unnecessary transfer of homeless single adults from hotels back to crowded congregate shelters until the City could provide appropriate notice and accommodations for people with disabilities.

Financial Information

Chart titled "FY 2021 Expenses $16,279,718 How Your Donation is Spent." The chart shows 85% Programs, 8% Management, and 7% Fundraising.

Chart titled "FY 2021 Income $22,451,533 Sources of Income." The chart shows 58% Contributions & bequests, 20% Government support, 6% Special events, 4% In-kind donations, 9% Rental income, and 3% Other income.

Note: The charts above net out unrelated business expenses and revenue.

Download the CFH Financial Statement for the Year Ending June 30, 2021 (PDF).

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