Back to School Drive

June 1 - Sept 1, 2018
Fill a need!

Help us send them off to school with needed supplies and ensure a strong start to their academic year!
List of Supplies Needed: Composition NotebooksBindersTab DividersPrinter PaperPensPencilsRulersPencil CasesCrayonsCalculatorsErasersWhite OutGlue-sticksSharpenersMarkersHighlightersKid-safe ScissorsMini StaplersMini Hand Sanitizersand other school related supplies.
Drop-off Location:
Care for the Homeless Headquarters
30 E 33rd Street
Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10016

If you are unable to send school supplies, there's a ton of other ways you can help!

1. You may make a cash donation here. Simply visit our donations page and select "purchase school supplies for homeless youth" in the "Apply my donation to:" drop-down to apply your donation to the CFH Back to School Drive. 

2. You can host a supply 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 pu…

HUD Wants to Help Poor Tenants by Raising Rents and Cutting Housing Assistance

Last Wednesday, shockingly, federal HUD Secretary Ben Carson and the Trump administration endorsed federal legislation to raise rents on the neediest households in America. The legislation released during National Fair Housing Month would change long-established U.S. housing policy currently based on low-income tenants in federally subsidized housing. Tenants whom are paying 30% of their gross household income in rent. The legislation will increase the tenant share of subsidized rent to 35% of gross income, or in some cases more.

It’s shocking because HUD is the very agency charged with providing housing to vulnerable people, and shocking because across the country, and specifically in New York City, there is a housing shortage exasperating a universally acknowledged affordable housing crisis and increasing homelessness. The affordable housing crisis impacts moderate- and middle-income households, but, is especially difficult for very low-income households and people living in poverty.

CFH Joins 30,000 Homes for Homeless New Yorkers Campaign

Last week client leaders serving on the CFH Consumer Advisory Committee held a discussion on the unavailability of housing for extremely-low-income people and households living in deep poverty. Not surprisingly, their conclusion was that the number one housing policy problem facing New Yorkers struggling to find and maintain housing is the unavailability of housing units for the most vulnerable in our city. 
The CAB discussion came as the group endorsed Care for the Homeless joining the “30,000 Homes for Homeless New Yorkers” campaign. The advocacy effort, made up of 35 advocacy organizations, called for New York City to increase the number of newly developed housing units targeted to people experiencing homelessness in our city. In a letter to Mayor de Blasio, the 30,000 Homes for Homeless New Yorkers campaign urged creating 30,000 new stable housing units for homeless New Yorkers by 2026 as part of the City’s affordable housing plan.  
The letter noted that the current plan targets ju…

As We’ve Been Saying: Housing Homeless People Results in Better Health Outcomes and Financial Savings

For years Care for the Homeless has been advocating that stable housing results in both better health outcomes and savings of public resources, and that “Housing is Healthcare”. So, we like to point it out when a major study backs us up. Last month the well-respected Rand Corporation think tank study, “Evaluation of Housing for Health”, called homelessness “…a pervasive public health issue.”

They’re right, of course. Our Care for the Homeless health care providers have long said that any medical or mental health condition, and almost any treatment, is improved with stable housing. Care for the Homeless Executive Director George Nashak recently said if Care for the Homeless providers could write just one script, it wouldn’t be for a wonder drug, it would be for stable housing. That’s why we’ve passed out buttons that proclaim, “Housing is Healthcare”.

The Rand study documented that people experiencing homelessness “…utilize health and other social services at a significantly higher rate…

Fighting Homelessness from Coast to Coast

Most college students spend their spring break resting, catching up on assignments, or yes, even partying. This year, a group of students from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles chose to do an alternative spring break in New York where they volunteered with Care for the Homeless (CFH). If you are not familiar with alternative spring breaks, it is fairly self-explanatory: they are breaks schools offer to students that have a service or charitable focus.What is particularly impressive about this group is that this is the second year that students from USC have travelled across the country to volunteer with CFH.Both trips were organized by student coordinator, Mohamed El-Farra—his second year organizing and participating in the trip—an undergraduate student who will graduate this spring with both a Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and a Master’s degree in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.
Mohamed learned of CFH several years a…

In the End, We Are All Humans, Not Objects

The Iona Preparatory Human Rights Club is a group of high school students working for solidarity with those that live in poverty in our world. Several were touched after watching a public service video of people on the streets in Norway giving their coat to a child who had lost his. A discussion followed and the idea of helping individuals experiencing homelessness in New York was born. For one week, donations were collected at lunch, in exchange for a blue solidarity wristband, and the funds paid for warm socks and blankets. Christine Chana, a teacher at the school and the Club’s co-moderator, contacted Care for the Homeless (CFH) about distributing the items and arrangements were made for the students to visit the Living Room and the Pyramid. Both are safe havens, defined as temporary residences for individuals experiencing homelessness. Located in the South Bronx, both facilities are operated by long-time CFH partner, BronxWorks. The Living Room houses a CFH health center where res…

Made With Love

There are numerous ways someone can give back to their community. You can donate money, participate in food drives, or even sponsor an event—all of which are greatly appreciated! Sylvia, a former resident of Susan’s Place, chooses to give back in her own special way. Every Friday and Sunday, she returns to a place she once called home to host “Sylvia’s Circle,” a crochet group held at Susan’s Place.
Sylvia started crochet knitting when she was a young girl. She says it was always a “soothing” experience for her and she wanted to share that feeling with her friends at Susan’s Place. In November 2017, she began teaching some of the friends she made at Susan’s Place, how to crochet in the shelter’s living room. Those same friends later encouraged Sylvia to start a crochet group for all the residents at Susan’s Place to enjoy. Sylvia was reluctant at first, but after two months of persuading, she started “Sylvia’s Circle” the following January. Last month, Sylvia was thrilled to have reconn…