Showing posts from April, 2013

Many Homeless People Just Like Those Displaced By Hurricane Sandy

Care for the Homeless client leader Gayle Dorsky, and CFH Policy Director Jeff Foreman, appeared before an emergency hearing of the Council General Welfare Committee on Friday to testify about the plight of Hurricane Sandy evacuees still without stable housing, and the needs of tens of thousands of homeless New Yorkers. They spoke up for the Sandy victims still homeless, displaced through no fault of their own. But they also spoke for other people experiencing homelessness.
The emergency hearing drew an overflow crowd, many of whom had to watch portions of the hearing by closed-circuit in an adjoin room, as well as ten members of Council, two who weren't even members of that committee. Presided over by Chairwoman Annabel Palma, the four hour meeting included testimony by city Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond, as well advocates like Care for the Homeless and Hurricane Sandy victims, about 196 of whom are facing a May 1st termination of city support that ma…

Health Education emphasizes healthy living

During National Nutrition Month in March, the Care for the Homeless Health Education team encouraged clients to make healthier food choices through a series of tabling events. Healthy snacks, smoothies and fresh juice samples were offered as a means to introduce clients to the various healthy options available. Educational brochures were distributed and individual counseling sessions were offered to the nearly 200 clients who participated.
In addition to be healthy on the inside, Health Educators emphasized being healthy on the outside as well. Personal Hygiene Workshops were designed to emphasize the importance of personal hygiene among teens so they will be able to identify personal hygiene and sanitation practices and the need to improve or maintain them. The team focused on increasing the understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of personal hygiene and sanitation practices and assisted teens in recognizing that the habits of good personal hygiene and sanitation will supp…

Rooms for Hurricane victims being terminated?

New York City has announced that April 30th (next Tuesday) is the termination date for hotel accommodations that the city has been supplying to hurricane Sandy evacuees who are still without a place to live. Some of the displaced Sandy victims have been without permanent housing since October 25, 2012, when the hurricane first hit New York. The thousands displaced by the storm have dwindled to a few hundred, and the city hopes to place them by next week’s deadline.
On Friday, City Council’s General Welfare Committee will hold an emergency oversight hearing on the end of the city hotel program and permanent housing for remaining Sandy evacuees. The hearing will be held at 1 p.m. in the 16th floor hearing room at City Council’s offices at 250 Broadway in downtown Manhattan near City Hall. We certainly hope they all get placed by Tuesday, but like City Council we’re not confident those that weren't placed in the first 150 days can be in the last seven. We hope the City, and City Coun…

Only 12 days left to help change a homeless child's life!

Be sure to head over to Treasure & Bond in SoHo to vote for Care for the Homeless! We are a semi-finalist this year to be the nonprofit beneficiary of Treasure & Bond, Nordstrom’s Corporate Giving Program. We need you to Get Out & Vote and help Care for the Homeless win!

Visit Treasure & Bond any day in the month of April to vote for CFH. ·No purchase necessary. ·You can vote as many times as you want during the month of April. ·If selected, Care for the Homeless will receive between $15,000 and $30,000 to support our pediatric homeless health care program.
Store hours and directions: Treasure & Bond 350 West Broadway (between Broome and Grand) – click here for a map Store Hours:       Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m Sunday, 11 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Voting runs April 1 through April 30. Our goal is 1,000 votes total!
Thank you for your support of Care for the Homeless. Questions? Please don’t hesitate to call or email Dawne Bell at (212) 366-4459 or

CNN weekend report supports CFH Agenda to end homelessness

Over this last weekend, “CNN Money” ran a feature report it calls “Paying to House NYC’s Homeless,” but it’s really an endorsement of part of the Care for the Homeless Agenda to End Homelessness. Not that they talk about us or our plan - but what they say supports our advocacy for a transitional rental subsidy program to move homeless families and individuals from streets and shelters to permanent housing, because we can’t end homelessness in New York City without it. CNN reports “New York City used to have a rental assistance program that cost $10,000 a year per family. But that program was cut, and taxpayers now pay more than twice that to house a family in shelter.” In fact, city taxpayers now pay more than three times the cost of the former Advantage rental subsidy to house families in temporary shelters rather than helping people rent permanent housing. And CNN reports the homeless population in the city shelter system has increased 60% in the last decade. The CNN report include…

"We can end homelessness" - Advocacy in action

As one of the founding organizations, Care for the Homeless helped launch a new advocacy group Tuesday on the steps of New York City Hall. It’s called “United to End Homelessness” and the rally drew more than 200 supporters, according to UEH organizers, promoting solutions to the city’s homelessness crisis and asking that every Mayoral and City Council candidate in 2013 learn about homelessness and take a stand on what policies they’ll support to end it.

The rally at City Hall represents thousands of advocates associated with 119 organizations that have now endorsed the United to End Homelessness platform. As a founder and coordinating committee member for the new, nonpartisan, advocacy coalition, Care for the Homeless was well represented at the rally. One of the 5 featured speakers at the rally was a Care for the Homeless client, Philip J. Malebranche, who told the advocates that “homelessness is a form of incarceration, imprisoning good people who fall on hard times, often through…

Serving homeless clients in all areas of health

"For the month of March, the social service team was busy once again conducting a series of workshops in honor of Social Work and Social Service Appreciation month, a total of 6 workshops were held at various sites including at Springfield (2 workshops held on Budgeting for your Health- financial planning), Franklin (stress management), Ali Forney (Stress management), Willow (Fitness/Wellness) and Ward’s Island (Creative Art Expression). Social service team members also co-facilitated workshops with Health Education staff in March including a Teen Violence workshop at Willow and a “Let’s Talk About Sex” workshop at Jackson. Finally, the social service team had a total of 247 visits this month among a total of 177 patients.  
"I continue to be very proud of my team for their continued exceptional work. It’s a clear testament of how the contributions made by the donors help our staff go above and beyond in servicing clients in all areas of health, not just social services."…

Today is the day to End Homelessness!

Today is the Day for the Rally to End Homelessness
Join United to End Homelessness, sponsored by Care for the Homeless and over 100 other organizations, on the steps of City Hall tomorrow, at our 1pm press conference and rally!
We advise that you arrive by 12:30 PM. in order to get in and clear the security check by the start of the rally.This event is limited to 300 participants. Bring friends and supporters in the fight to prevent and end homelessness!
·Follow the rally today on twitter #endhomelessness

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