Impact Litigation

The Coalition’s trailblazing impact litigation, Callahan v. Carey, established the legal right to shelter for homeless adult men in New York City and was the first crucial step in creating a safety net for our homeless neighbors. Since then, the Coalition has won a string of legal victories including extending the right to shelter to women and families; securing protective services for homeless children; requiring medically appropriate housing for people living with HIV/AIDS; and ensuring the right to vote for New Yorkers without homes. Read more about the Coalition’s legal victories.

Research and Analysis

The Coalition is the most trusted and credible source of information about homelessness in New York and is relied upon by elected officials, academics, service providers, the press and the general public. Our annual State of the Homeless report has for years been used as the benchmark to gauge the City’s and State’s success or failure in addressing the catastrophe of homelessness. View our research and policy briefs or visit the Coalition’s full advocacy library.

Organizing and Shelter Monitoring

The Coalition for the Homeless is the designated independent monitor of the municipal shelter system, and maintains a constant presence in the shelters to assess conditions and advocate on behalf of residents. However, we believe that the most effective advocates for the homeless are homeless people themselves, and so we launched the Client Advisory Group (CAG), a group of shelter residents who meet bi-weekly in our offices to discuss issues of concern that they themselves have identified. Read more about CAG. Learn how to become a shelter monitor.

Public Education

The Coalition believes that New York is at heart both a compassionate and practical city. By helping the general public and policymakers fully understand the reasons for – and solutions to – the current crisis of homelessness, we are confident that New Yorkers will join us in fighting for the proven, humane and cost-effective housing-based solutions to homelessness. Read the latest news. Join us as an Advocate and stay updated on all important developments.