Fighting Homelessness One Photo at a Time

The above photos were taken by Steve Latimer, a volunteer photographer for Care for the Homeless (CFH) since December 2016. He first got involved with CFH after answering a request for a photographer on Volunteer Match. Steve says during his first encounter with employees at CFH, he saw “a group of dedicated individuals that are committed to working with people who are experiencing homelessness.” “I could tell CFH employees were trying to make life better for clients,” he said. But volunteering with CFH is not Steve’s first experience with helping individuals who are homeless.
In 1966, Steve retired from his position as an officer in the Navy and in 1968, graduated from law school. He worked at a few law firms before starting to use his skills to help people who are experiencing homelessness while working for Bronx Legal Services. Having worked in the South Bronx for several years and in other low-income communities, he became very familiar with the problems that people experiencing ho…

Financial Stability = Housing Opportunity

Living  in a homeless shelter is never anyone’s first choice. But if there is some good to come out of the experience, it could be the services offered that strengthen a resident’s knowledge and skills, preparing them for living independently once again. Financial setbacks and a lack of basic understanding about budgeting and saving, frequently play a role on the path into homelessness so it makes sense that achieving financial security is an important tool on the path out of homelessness. Here is the story of two residents of Susan’s Place are on that exciting path. 
On February 8, Ely Nunez a financial counselor at Ariva, visited Susan’s Place and held one-on-one financial counseling sessions with the residents. She works with the women so that they may reach their ultimate goal of moving out of the shelter. Ely says that some of her clients have applied for housing but were rejected by multiple housing entities because of their credit score. When Ely works with them, the first step …

The Fight for Social and Economic Equality Must Continue!

New York City (NYC) recently reached levels of homelessness not seen since the 1930s and 2017 has had the highest number of sheltered persons ever. As of February 7, there were 61,075 homeless people—including 22,967 homeless children, sleeping each night in the NYC homeless shelter system. This number does not include the official street homeless tally which is now nearing 4,000, or approximately 20,000 individuals in shelters operated by municipal Domestic Violence shelters, HIV/AIDS Service Administration (HASA) temporary housing, runaway and homeless youth shelters, and some other smaller systems aren’t include in the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) census.  NYC has the largest homeless population of any US city, and 3rd largest in per capita terms. Unsurprisingly, the city’s shelters are at full capacity and can’t handle further increases in the homeless population.

It’s clear there is an unacceptable number of homeless persons living in NYC’s shelters and on the street…

How Do You Advocate Against Homelessness?

On Monday, February 5th, as part of CFH’s First Monday Policy Briefing series, CFH Policy Associate Nathalie Interiano and CFH Client Advocate Mike Austin will discuss “How to Talk About Homelessness.” It’s a discussion and training on how to better frame and message our advocacy positions for more favorable outcomes.
Care for the Homeless and our allies are passionate about the issues that affect homeless or unstably housed people, and other people living in deep poverty. Though advocates have a comprehensive understanding of the systemic causes of homelessness - lack of access to housing and healthcare, or discrimination - and statistics and studies to support those conclusions. Our messaging is not always successful in winning supporters over or moving public opinion or media attention.
Advocates can be more successful when we frame our issues to appeal to people’s deeply held values – values like equality, opportunity and the idea that everyone deserves a fair chance to achieve his …

Calling on Washington to Fund Community Health Centers

The biggest share of federal funding for Community Health Centers, like Care for the Homeless, expired with the end of the federal fiscal year on September 30, 2017 – that’s 124 days ago. Of course, we weren’t alone: at the same time funding for CHIP (Childrens’ Health Insurance Program), the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education program (THCCME) all expired. When authorization for federal funding through these programs expires that is sometimes referred to as “going over the fiscal cliff.”

Going over the fiscal cliff isn’t corrected by Congress just passing a Continuing Resolution to keep funding government temporarily for a short period of time. They need to pass language specifically extending the program that expired. When they passed a three week Continuing Resolution they did that for CHIP, but not for the Community Health Center Fund that provides 70% of the federal funding for community health centers across the country.…

Gabriela Cares for the Homeless

          Gabriela always had an interest in health care. In her junior year of college one of her professors suggested that she look into Health Education as a career. She decided to gain work experience in the field at her school as a College Peer Educator. Shortly after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Rutgers University, she was hired at Care for the Homeless (CFH) as a Health Educator. “At first glance I saw the dedication that CFH’s medical providers have. It was truly remarkable and left a memorable first impression on me,” said Gabriela. “I started working at CFH with the same dedication that I saw in my peers and could not wait to use her skills to help homeless individuals,” she continued. Born and raised in a small valley in Ecuador, Gabriela’s first language is Spanish, a skill she uses to communicate with many CFH clients.
       One client who Gabriela usually speaks to in Spanish is Marisa, who has a history of diabetes in her family. Both of her pa…

Pocketbooks for Paps Drive

Did you know that approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year in the United States?

Care for the Homeless (CFH) is educating women who are experiencing homelessness on the risks of cervical cancer and will be giving away pocketbooks as incentives. Would you like to help?

Look through your closets, trunks and storage bins for lightly loved pocketbooks, wallets or bags to donate! Or, find a great sale and buy 1 or 2 to donate. You can host a pocketbook drive at your office, church, community group, or with your friends. We can help you achieve this with some tips and instructions to help you put together a successful drive.

The pocketbooks will be given to homeless women in order to encourage them to take charge of their health by getting their annual Pap test and pelvic exam.

Drop-off Location30 E 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016
Please drop off items by January 15, between 9 AM and 5 PM
Questions? Email