FY 2019 Annual Report

Mission Statement

The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women, and children. 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, and in that time we have given more than one million homeless New Yorkers a way off the streets.

Program Accomplishments

Every day, the Coalition for the Homeless helps more than 3,500 men, women and children suffering in extreme poverty. Our 11 frontline direct service programs provide emergency food and clothing, eviction prevention, crisis services, permanent housing, job training and youth programs to address immediate needs while helping individuals and families overcome long-term barriers to employment and stability. Here is a summary of each program’s recent accomplishments:

  • Grand Central Food Program handed out roughly 1,000 meals per night — every night — to homeless and hungry New Yorkers at 25 street stops around Manhattan and the Bronx.
  • Eviction Prevention Program spared more than 800 households from homelessness by providing small, one-time grants to pay off rental arrears.
  • Crisis Intervention Program is one of the only walk-in programs in the city where anyone who is homeless or at risk can get qualified help with essentially any problem, and served 11,000 people in the past year.
  • Client Advocacy Program supported 163 homeless men and women with mental illness and physical disabilities, helping them obtain disability benefits and permanent housing with supportive services.
  • Emergency Mail Program provided a dependable, secure mailing address for 1,500 homeless New Yorkers, allowing them to remain in contact with prospective employers, government agencies and family.
  • Bridge Building gave 14 formerly homeless moms and their kids the opportunity to move beyond their shared trauma in permanent, affordable apartments with onsite social services.
  • Coalition Houses provided 38 formerly homeless women and men with affordable homes and onsite case management in three brownstones on a peaceful Upper West Side block.
  • Scattered Site Housing Program offered permanent apartments and supportive case management to 48 single adults and 18 families living with HIV so they can remain stably housed and manage their health.
  • First Step Job Training Program helped 227 women on the road to stability; 140 enrolled in the full 14-week course offering computer skills training, soft skills workshops, professional internships, job search help and social services support.
  • Camp Homeward Bound gave 300 homeless girls and boys the joy of a classic summer sleep-away camp experience, integrated with academic enhancement activities and emotional support.
  • Bound for Success, an oasis of fun and learning, gave 75 homeless students the opportunity to keep up with their classmates by providing afterschool and summer day-camp, tutoring, recreation and cultural activities.


The Coalition’s Advocacy team continued to utilize impact litigation, research and analysis, grassroots organizing, shelter monitoring and public education to protect the rights of all homeless and at-risk men, women and children in our city and fight for the proven, housing-based solutions to homelessness that will bring an end to this shameful crisis once and for all.

Below are some of our key advocacy victories in FY19.

  • Securing Permanent Affordable Housing for Homeless Men, Women and Children. Our Advocacy team led the House Our Future NY Campaign to urge Mayor de Blasio to create more permanent housing for homeless New Yorkers, and played a key role in convincing the City Council to pass historic legislation that requires all new housing developments of more than 40 units that receive City support to set aside at least 15 percent of new apartments for homeless households.
  • Empowering Homeless New Yorkers. Our Client Advisory Group of shelter residents and unsheltered individuals collected hundreds of petition signatures to urge the City to improve the food served in the shelter system, and testified at a City Council hearing about the poor quality of such food.
  • Ensuring the Right to Safe, Decent Shelter for All Homeless New Yorkers. Our shelter monitors made more than 480 visits to shelters to ensure City compliance with its legal obligations to provide safe and decent shelter and services for each homeless man, woman and child in New York City.

Financial Information

Text: FY 2019 Income $16,378,065 Sources of Income Contributions 61%, Government Support 26%, Special events 5%, In-kind donations 3%, Rental income 3%, other income 2% pie chart
Text: FY 2019 Expenses $12,660,042 How Your Donation is Spent Programs 83%, Management 8%, Fundraising 9%

Note: The charts above net out unrelated business expenses.

Download the CFH Financial Statement for the Year Ending June 30, 2019 (PDF).

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