New York City Department Of Youth and Community Development social services.

One of the leading non-profit agencies in New York City is the Department Of Youth and Community Development. This organization also serves as the local community action agency. It provides a number of assistance programs for the less fortunate. While the focus is on helping people gain stability, in some cases short term emergency assistance may be available.

Some of the main services include housing, education, and job training. A focus tends to be on low income seniors or families with children. New York City immigrants are another priority of the department. Examples of the resources available are below, however there are dozens of other programs available to qualified residents.

Help is offered for seniors from a number of services. The assistance that is offered for older adults and the elderly is intended to help encourage healthy psychological, physical and social well-being. Most of this aid is for New York City residents over the age of 60.

The resources can provide a wide range of services to seniors, including home delivered meals, social activities, access to health insurance, medical bill assistance, low income housing and community services. These programs can also offer supportive services, including housing or rent assistance, which help older adults maintain their independence. Services from the Department Of Youth and Community Development can also help the homebound remain in their current residence.

Numerous housing and homeless prevention programs operate across New York City. They can sometimes be combined with rapid rehousing. These are offered for low-income tenants, homeowners, single parents and others. The objective is to help people find and maintain safe and affordable housing or apartments.

While available, these programs help families and individuals address delinquent rent issues, landlord neglect, and provide advice and support with code enforcement issues. Case managers from the department also provide information and advocacy on tenants rights. Other guidance is for foreclosure prevention, housing support programs, and the city will help residents with predatory lending practices. Many of these services are provided for free.




Healthy Families is the name given to a number of services that are intended to support and strengthen families across New York City. Case managers will meet with clients and offer them short and long term case management. It is a strength based approach that relies on the principles of family development. Staff will understand your specific needs and work to address them.

Together you will work with a member of New York City Department Of Youth and Community Development to come up with a plan to meet these short and long-term goals. Examples of assistance programs provided can help address domestic violence issues, substance abuse, provide health and nutrition, and support patients with HIV/AIDS. Some of the case management programs also provide advocacy and assistance in obtaining housing, federal or state government benefits, education and employment, and more.

Assistance is offered for immigrants. Several programs were created in an effort to help newcomers acclimate to the city and its boroughs. Services are available in all regions, including Queens, Brooklyn, and nearby locations.

These resources will identify the needs of refugees and immigrant families and make referrals for health, housing, mental health, and support services. Education and job training type services are provided, including English as Second Language and more.

The fact is that many parents of English Languages Learners (ELLs) often have a lower level of proficiency than their children. This can present them with challenges and make it difficult for them to support and become involved in their children‘s education. So city wide locations focus on assisting the parents as well as the entire family. After all, good communication skills are important to someone’s long term success and these various educational programs help immigrants develop their ability to write, read and speak in English.

Assistance is also offered for immigrant workers as well. This can include workshops and classes on training and ESL. Other assistance includes free legal aid, housing, and health care. They can also get access to social services that are available in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan.





The goal of these employment related immigrant services are to educate low-wage immigrant workers about labor laws. Additional support can empower low-wage immigrant workers and protect them against violations of their employment rights. Case managers will also work with clients to help them resolve issues relating to employment-rights violations.

Victims of domestic violence, whether women or children, can get help too. Some of the assistance available include prevention and intervention services. This is offered for legal residents as well as refugees and immigrants. The immediate goal is to find victims of violence a safe environment and stabilizing their family situation.

The Department Of Youth and Community Development works with the New York City Adult Literacy Initiative (NYCALI) to provide other literacy and English language services. This is offered for out-of-school youth over the age of 16 as well as adults.

Citywide resources provide full instructional and other related support services to anyone who is not enrolled in school and who is unable to read, speak or write the English language. This particular program connects clients to a wide range of school equivalency/General Educational Development (GED) Tests, writing, reading, English-language classes and high preparation programs. The long term goal is to help people get a job, increase their income and/or continue their education.

Additional programs include English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, Adult Basic Education (ABE) resources, and GED programs that prepare students of all ages for the tests required to receive a high school equivalency diploma.

The New York City Department Of Youth And Community Development has locations across all boroughs. However the main office is at 156 William Street, New York, New York 10038. Call 1.800.246.4646.



By Jon McNamara

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