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Winter is Coming!

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Help us keep homeless New Yorkers healthy and warm this winter!
Every year, winter in New York City can reach below freezing temperatures with strong winds and snow, and no one should face an icy winter without proper clothing. A hat and scarf can go a long way to help a person's well-being. As the weather grows colder, CFH runs an annual Winter Accessories Drive to help keep homeless New Yorkers warm. This year's drive will be held fromNovember 1 to January 31, 2019.

List of Supplies Needed*: HatsGlovesScarvesSocks (Please, new socks only)*Sorry, we are unable to accept coats. We can only accept new or clean/laundered items.

Drop-off Location: Care For the Homeless Headquarters
30 E 33rd Street, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10016
If you are unable to send winter accessories there's a ton of other ways you can help!

1. You may make an online donation here. Simply visit our donations page and select "other" in the "Please allocate my donation to:" drop-down to apply…

“House Our Future NY” Plan Can Help End Homelessness in NYC

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Care For the Homeless, along with 56 partner organizations including the leadership of Coalition for the Homeless, is advocating for the “House our Future NY” campaign asking Mayor Bill de Blasio to make available 30,000 new units of affordable housing for homeless New Yorkers by 2026, with 24,000 of these units to be created through new construction. In 2014, Mayor De Blasio announced his Housing New York 10-year affordable housing plan aimed at creating 200,000 units of affordable housing. In 2017, he announced the Housing New York Plan 2.0, which increased the number of affordable homes from 200,000 to 300,000. This is in the midst of an ever-increasing homeless population fueled by rising rents in NYC, stagnant wages and the unavailability of affordable homeless to extremely low income New Yorkers. Currently there are 58,773 people in the City’s Department of Homeless Services’ shelter system, 21,639 of which are children. In fiscal year 2017, 129,803 unique individuals spent time…

Citadel Healthy Village '18

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On September 10, Care For the Homeless (CFH) hosted a health and wellness fair at Citadel Health Center in partnership with the Salvation Army Jamaica Citadel.The health fair, also known as, “Healthy Village” welcomed nearly 60 individuals, 63% of which were first time visitors of the health center.
Healthy Village offered a range of  giveaways and children’s activities. Free screenings and services were also available at the fair including eye, hearing, and blood pressure screenings, flu shots, and pneumonia shots for patients 65 and older. There were information tables covering topics including healthy homes provided by C&T Homecare, Medicaid and Medicare information provided by United Healthcare, and volunteer support provided by WellCare. And the vision screenings were made possible in part by partnership support from the Lion’s Club International and the SUNY College of Optometry; and grant support from The Hyde and Watson Foundation.
“Care For the Homeless connects members of …

Leonard's Story

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Before visiting the Health Center at Susan's Place (SP), Leonard found out he was ill with colon cancer. At SP, Leonard met Joy, who guided him on his journey to a healthier and happier self.

Be sure not to miss our 6th Annual Health Empowered Beauty Fashion Show and Benefit! Proceeds will go to help Leonard and many like him. Seats are filling fast, be sure to secure yours here:http://bit.ly/HEBtix18!


Celebrating 10 Years of Excellent Service at Susan's Place

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Last week we recognized the 10th Anniversary of Susan’s Place (SP) opening! To acknowledge this milestone, guests, staff and residents enjoyed a 10th Anniversary Breakfast in the cafeteria. The event started with opening remarks by Care For the Homeless’ Board Chairman, Dan Baldwin, who introduced former CFH Executive Director and current CEO of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Bobby Watts. Bobby’s remarks remembered Susan L. Neibacher as his mentor and friend. In 2008, SP was named in honor of Susan who passed away in 2004. Susan was the first Executive Director of CFH and was responsible for leading the effort to bring the shelter into existence.After her death, Bobby was appointed as the next Executive Director and made it his mission to see the project to completion.Someone who also took a moment to remember Susan was Barbara Knecht, a member of CFH’s Board of Directors and a friend of Susan. Barbara remembered Susan as a leader and a builder by noting her outstan…

Asthma Awareness Workshop Held at Susan's Place

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In 2017, about two-thousand visitors to Care for the Homeless’ (CFH) clinics were known to suffer from asthma. Asthma is a lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The disease causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing, which can be very frightening and painful. It may surprise you to learn that although it is a manageable disease, asthma is one of the leading causes of visits to an emergency room which is the most expensive form of treatment. But if left untreated, sadly, it can lead to death. This most tragic outcome can be avoided with proper treatment, care and knowledge. This is why our Population Management and Staff Training (PMST) team regularly holds asthma education events at our health centers. The most recent event was held at Susan’s Place that included an education workshop and walk-in visits with the on-site provider. Twenty-two women visited the health…

NYC: Housing Demand Increasing Faster Than Supply, Rents Rising Faster Than Incomes

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Last week New York University’s Furman Center released its “Changes in New York City’s Housing Stock” report for 2017, showing the city’s housing stock isn’t equal to our housing demand, with the number of city housing units increasing by 19% since 1970, but not nearly as fast as population growth or demand. They reported, unsurprisingly, that rents have been increasing considerably faster than incomes.
Since 2000, the number of housing units have increased by 8.2%, but adult population grew by 11%, and the number of jobs in the city were up 16.5%. In those 17 years, median monthly rents increased $300, while income of renter households increased by $145. For newly built units between 2000 and 2010 the median unit rented for about $50 a month more than all other units, but by 2016, in constant dollars, that price differential increased to $400 a month.
About 68% of New York City households rent their home, as compared to about one-third across the United States. That makes the city’s ve…