Coalition for the Homeless housing programs.

Services are offered to New York City residents by the Coalition for the Homeless. While some programs will try to prevent evictions in the first place, a number of other resources are offered to those that need a place to live and that are currently homeless. The Coalition is a non-profit that provides multifaceted services to qualified residents.

Some of what may be offered includes assistance in finding jobs and homes, free nutritious meals, educational skills, and life training. More information is below. While the demand for assistance is high, and increasing, the New York City agency will do what it can to help the less fortunate and poor

The bottom line is that the wide array of assistance programs administered provide a comprehensive network of support for clients and the low income in the city. When combined with the Coalition's extensive partnerships with other providers of resources including supportive housing, physical and mental health, job training and placement, and other essential services, the services can enable homeless individuals and families to obtain and keep permanent housing.

A pro-active approach to ending homelessness is provided by the Eviction Prevention Program. The goal is to help families remain in their homes by paying their back rent. The Coalition for the Homeless may be able to offer qualified applicants a one-time, emergency grant, for any arreage.

With the ever increasing costs of housing in the city and boroughs such as the Bronx, too many hard working families are falling behind on their monthly rent payments. It is usually caused by an emergency such as sudden medical costs, an illness, death in the family, reduction in work hours, or loss of a job. These are the types of people the grant can help.

There are many conditions. Applicants for the rental assistance and eviction prevention services must demonstrate that they will be able to pay their rent on their own going forward. This ensures that any type of financial assistance paid out will solve the problem, rather than just postpone inevitable homelessness for a few months. After all, pro-active eviction prevention is one of the most cost-effective and efficient methods available for keeping people housed and also for addressing New York City's homelessness crisis. Call either 212-776-2039 or the City Wide Task Force Hotline at 212-962-4795 for information on these and other rental assistance programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the immediate area.




Crisis Services is available for people facing an emergency and who require immediate relief. This is for homeless men, women, and children. A number of services are offered, including free food, school supplies, baby formula, work uniforms, and transportation. In addition, case managers from the Crisis Intervention program help connect New Yorkers with any other necessary benefits. For example, learn about shelters, treatment programs, and affordable housing. The non-profit may also be able to help with initial moving, storage, security deposits, furniture, or utility expenses.

No appointments are needed and clients can walk in off the streets to access these services. Staff from Coalition for the Homeless will offer one-on-one case management, housing applications, assistance with applying for government benefits, and also mental health and addiction treatment referrals. One time emergency grants can be issued to pay for food, subway fare, diapers, work uniforms, baby formula, school supplies, identification, and prescription medication.

There is also New York City's emergency shelter system. They can be difficult to access, so case managers will help clients navigate this resource. Many people from the community need help locating and getting into a shelter, so the agency will offer Crisis Intervention on their behalf. This may allow them to use the local shelters and access benefits to which they are legally entitled.

The Grand Central Food Program provides hundreds of free, emergency meals to homeless and desperately poor individuals and families every day and night. The program was set up as a mobile soup kitchen that operates from dozens of sites throughout the Bronx and Manhattan. The staff and volunteers from the coalition bring the food and meals to where street and homeless people live, year round.

The program may serve stew, vegetables, bread, fresh fruit, juice or milk, and canned goods. They may also have low-sodium meats and whole grain breads. In addition, the Grand Central Food Program can help with other basic needs and provide clothing, sleeping bags, blankets and personal hygiene items such as toiletries and underwear. This is offered for the poor and homeless.

Outreach services are provided too. The goal is to move people and help them acquire greater self-sufficiency over the long term. The staff and services can provide medical treatment, basic check ups, substance abuse treatment, shelter and other vital government benefits that may be offered by partner organizations or the Coalition itself.





The Coalition for the Homeless and the Client Advocacy Project offers intensive case management to long-term shelter residents with physical and/or mental disabilities. The applicant needs to be qualified for SSI or SSDI cash benefits through the Social Security Administration. The agency will help them transition into permanent supportive housing in New York City

Staff can help people apply for disability. The Coalition also provides intensive case management so that homeless adults can obtain the federal disability benefits (SSDI/SSI) that they are entitled to. The agency works with the Legal Aid Society and Columbia Law School to help improve someone's chance for receiving Social Security disability benefits. They also work with the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and shelter administrators to identify clients that need help and support. The Housing Programs will also provide low-income, disabled and homeless individuals with practical skills, case management and supportive homes.

The statewide and city Rental Assistance Program (RAP) can help fill the gap between a client's income and the cost of an affordable apartment. The agency will help clients obtain a modest, monthly housing subsidy for up to two years. Apartments in located in Queens, Brooklyn, State Island, and really everywhere in the city.

When funding is available, the RAP program provides monthly rent subsidies and vouchers. It will also offer budgeting and counseling support for up to two years to help people successfully transition into and maintain permanent affordable housing.

Those who are enrolled into RAP will be assigned case managers. The agency will work closely with participants to implement and develop strategies to increase a client's job skills, earning potential, and ability to pay their rent payment on their own.

Once again, the Coalition for the Homeless will connect people with educational or vocational training programs. Staff will assist them with resume building, budgeting and developing a long term financial plan. Case managers help participants overcome a broad range of social and economic issues that accompany homelessness. Individuals may also receive the support they need to reconnect with estranged relatives, combat depression and avoid relapse into substance use or alcoholism. Case managers will also stay in contact with participants after they exit the program to provide continued, longer term support and advice. The program has a high success rate in enabling participants to keep permanent housing and financial independence. Call 212-776-2141.

The Scattered Site Housing Program can help homeless men and women struggling with HIV/AIDS. The city and the coalition can place them into safe and supportive apartments. They will also have access to proper nutrition as well as continuous medical treatment.

A couple other components of scattered housing is that the Coalition offers private apartment living for  homeless individuals in three contiguous 5-story brownstones on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Another option is the Bridge Building Residence, which can offer one and two bedroom apartments for homeless women, victims of domestic violence and their children.

Youth Services can help homeless boys and girls break the cycle of poverty. They can be provided the tools they need to overcome the unique obstacles they face. Another resource known as Bound for Success is an after-school and summer day camp program. It will bring quality recreational and educational programs to the homeless children living in New York City's family shelter system

Self sufficiency, and in particular job training and education addresses employment challenges. One key resource is the First Step Job Training Program. This will empower currently homeless, low-income and formerly homeless women to take the first step toward self-sufficiency. This is possible through the client-centered occupational and life skill development programs. Specialists also help by offering job search assistance and placement.




Unfortunately stats show that many single mothers tend to fall behind on their rent and maybe face eviction. They are also a big user of the New York City shelter system. Many of them just lack the career skills necessary to maintain and find living wage employment. Others are the victims of domestic abuse. So the Coalition for the Homeless First Step Job Training Program can help these individuals. By empowering women and female clients to reach self-sufficiency through internships, hands on job training, mentoring, job placement and social services, the non-profit can help them through a difficult period.

The agency offers workshops that provide computer instruction, literacy workshops, communication and interpersonal skills development. A number of other hands-on activities are offered by the Coalition, and all of these will give students a thorough and practical understanding of what is needed to be successful in the New York City job market.

Another benefit is that First Step may be able to place students in internships with non-profit organizations or major corporations. At these locations they will receive mentoring by experienced professional women. Numerous post-graduate services are offered too, including support groups, job placement assistance, ongoing mentoring from staff and volunteers, and numerous networking opportunities with both business professionals and alumni.

The Coalition for the Homeless is based at 129 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038. Call 212-776-2000. Most of the services are offered on a first come – served basis, and resources are limited.

By Jon McNamara

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