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Street Medicine, an innovative approach to patient care.

Did you know our street medicine team is part of a group that reduced the number of people living on the streets of the Bronx by 72% over the last eight years? 
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Hope and Reflections on the Longest, Darkest Night of the Year

Jeff Foreman, Policy Director

Client leaders of Care for the Homeless observed Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on Saturday, the longest night of the year, memorializing by name over 90 people who died in New York City without homes in 2013, and recognizing hundreds and hundreds more. As each name was read a bell tolled, a candle was lit and that person’s name was projected on a wall. Several people were remembered with personal recollections and video presentations. Several audience members came forward with names of loved ones they lost.

But the message wasn’t bleak, it was hopeful. Care for the Homeless Executive Director Bobby Watts told those assembled he had confidence. “Homelessness is evil,” he said, “but we can destroy it. We can end modern day homelessness as we know it.”
State Senator Bill Perkins, whose Harlem district was the location of the event, said he “looked forward to a day of ‘homefullness’ when all people will have homes and healthcare as a basic human right.”
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Care for the Homeless awarded Level 3 PCMH recognition

Level 3 is the highest level of national recognition. We are honored to share with you that Care for the Homeless, which serves more than 8,000 homeless men, women and children every year, has been formally recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) at our main clinic site. Level 3 recognition is the highest level of national recognition a primary care practice can receive.  
This recognition validates our commitment to quality. According to NCQA, the rigorous standards measured by the PCMH program raise the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and partnership and coordination across the system. PCMH Recognition shows that Care for the Homeless has the tools, systems and resources in place to give patients the right care at the right time.
Our generous supporters and advocates for our mission have much to be proud of given this recognition. With your continued invest…

An Exciting Week Leading Up to Homeless Memorial Day on Saturday.

Jeff Foreman, Policy Director The client leaders of Care for the Homeless are working hard on their Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day program for this Saturday, December 21. We hope you’ll attend.
Homeless Persons' Memorial Day Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. New Song Church 2230 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (8th Avenue) between 120th and 121st Streets in Harlem 
In the meantime the week leading up to the event has been exciting. Last week Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio appointed his Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, whosupervises the Department of Homeless Services among other agencies. The Mayor-elect and Deputy-Mayor designate Lilliam Barrios-Paoli immediately charted a course to radically reduce homelessness in New York City. If that wasn’t enough, de Blasio’s Chief Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris– his second in command – joined in calling the homeless situation in our city unacceptable and lamenting how we ever got in this kind of situation.
Mayor-Elect de Blasio and…

Are you following the NYT 5-Part Series on Child Homelessness? We are.

Are you following the New York Times series on homelessness this December?

Read Care for the Homeless Executive Director Bobby Watts' response in his Letter to the Editor.

Learn more in this opinion published in the Gotham Gazette by Jeff Foreman, Care for the Homeless Policy Director.

Child homelessness in New York City has risen 22% in the last year. Care for the Homeless is on the front lines, changing the lives of homeless men, women and children with your support.

Thank you.

Remembering Homeless People on the Longest, Darkest Night of the Year


From all of us at Care for the Homeless, THANK YOU.

From all of us at Care for the Homeless: THANK YOU!
In the last year, Care for the Homeless served 8,474 homeless men, women and children, providing 33,627 clinic visits at over 30 sites. With your support, we responded to a 44% increase in demand for mental health care.

Focusing on the most vulnerable, our street medicine team is part of an outreach initiative that resulted in a 72% reduction in street homelessness in the Bronx over the last eight years.

Since we opened the shelter in 2008, over 900 women have moved from Susan's Place into permanent housing. Less than 8% become homeless again.

Thank you for helping us change the lives of homeless men, women and children in NYC.

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