Thursday, January 30, 2014

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 Are you passionate about helping others? Care for the Homeless is growing, and we're hiring. Join our team and be a part of the fight to end homelessness in New York City.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Lot to Like in the Proposed State Budget…But Some Things Need Changing!

Jeff Foreman, Director of Policy
Commentators found lots to like in Governor Cuomo’s Budget address last week. There was more money for supportive housing (that’s a big issue for us at Care for the Homeless), a commitment to fund pre-K and aid education across New York State, even if the “how to fund it” issue is still open for debate, excellent programs to aid victims of domestic violence and more.
But one really critical issue in the fight to end the homelessness crisis in New York City just has to get fixed in the budget before it gets adopted over the next three months. That’s the opportunity to set re-establish a critically needed subsidy to move families from homeless shelters to permanent housing.

Earlier this month the Citizens Committee for Children, our advocacy partner in fighting homelessness in New York City, released a report decrying that over 22,000 kids sleep daily in city family homeless shelters and arguing we can’t successfully end that without a large scale and effective subsidy to move some of those families to real housing.  

Of course they’re right! And it’s a win-win because people in city shelters cost taxpayers $3,000 a month but an effective housing voucher costs about $1,000 a month. Whether you think it’s more important to give those families a second chance and better outcomes, or more important to save tax dollars, you should support the idea.

Unfortunately, we can get there unless we change current state budget language prohibiting the use of state dollars and state administered federal TANF funds as rent supplements for homeless families. That’s language inserted in the state budget to end funding the city’s “Advantage” rent subsidy program in 2011. Most policy experts agree the lack of that kind of a subsidy, which we had in some form for 30 year up to the termination 3 years ago, was a major contributing factor in our exploding homelessness crisis in New York.

We join the efforts of our colleagues at United to End Homelessness, the Coalition for the Homeless and the CCC in calling on the Governor and state legislature to adopt language authorizing a subsidy to move people from homelessness to housing. It’s critical in giving homeless people a second chance, in ending homelessness AND it saves public dollars.      

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Because of you, we exceeded our goals. With your continued support, we will make a bigger impact in 2014.

Wow - we start the new year with our biggest and humblest note of gratitude. The final numbers are in, and thanks to you, we have exceeded our 2013 fundraising goals. You, along with hundreds of other donors, collectively donated over $465,000, changing the lives of 8,000 homeless men, women and children. Thank you.

As many as 60,000 New Yorkers are homeless every night, including 22,000 children. As a Care for the Homeless supporter, you know the demand for our medical, mental health and social services is often greater than we can meet.  More than 70% of the 8,000 clients we served in 2013 were first-time clients at Care for the Homeless, and many were newly homeless. 

We have a crisis in NYC. Because of you, we have hope.

The impact you made in 2013-and the investment you made in our services for the future-is critical in the fight to end homelessness. We can't wait to report back with even more good news in the coming months. Thank you, once again. 

We're growing and expanding programs to meet needs.

Our mantra is simple: we meet homeless people where they are. By co-locating our clinics in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, SROS and drop-in centers and by sending street medicine teams on outreach, we reach the most vulnerable. 

In the coming months, Care for the Homeless is expanding our 30 locations by:

  • Opening two new Dental Clinics for homeless adults and children, one in the Bronx and one in Queens, and
  • Launching a new Mobile Health Clinic that will reach multiple locations every week,parking near busy shelters and soup kitchens.

As renovations begin and program planning on these projects gets underway, watch for more updates on our progress and how you can be involved.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Funeral for the Almost Forgotten

Guest Post by Rosa Goldensohn
Reporter, New York City News Service 

On the longest night of the year, December 21, people with ties to the homeless gathered to commemorate those who died in 2013. As many as 60,000 New Yorkers are homeless. [Read more.]

Photo by Rosa Goldensohn 

View Rosa's beautiful photo essay on her web site

Follow Rosa on Twitter @RosaGoldensohn.

Care for the Homeless thanks Rosa Goldensohn for joining us at New Song Church on December 21 and for raising awareness about Homeless Persons' Memorial Day and the fight to end homelessness in New York City.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

NYC’s HOPE Survey of Homelessness Set for Monday, January 27

One night each January, in communities all across America, a count is conducted of people who are homeless, including those on the streets with no place to go for shelter and those housed in temporary shelters without stable housing of their own. This “point-in-time” (PIT) count for 2013 documented nearly a 4% decrease in homelessness in America. Unfortunately in New York City it estimated more than 64,000 homeless men, women and children – a 13% increase from the 2012 PIT count, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In New York City this annual PIT count is called the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) and it’s conducted by volunteers working with the city Department of Homeless Services (DHS). This year’s count will be conducted on the evening of Monday, January 27. The City is looking for 3,000 volunteers to sign up and lend a hand.

How to Help

Volunteers must be 18-years-of-age or older and are trained and supervised by DHS. If you want to take part you can get information and sign up at the Department of Homeless Services website at
It’s a valuable contribution, and it’s really an education. Each year, and again this year, a number of Care for the Homeless client leaders and staff participate. Last year, and not for the first time, CFH Executive Director Bobby Watts was one of those volunteers.  

Join Care for the Homeless and Volunteer on January 27!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

What will the fight to end homelessness look like in 2014?

What will the fight to #endhomelessness look like in 2014?

The need for Care for the Homeless services is greater than ever. We thank all our generous supporters, advocates and volunteers for helping us advance our mission.

Share the word - encourage others to learn more and follow us online.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

America's War on Poverty

Jeff Foreman, Director of Policy

Tomorrow, January 8th, is the 50th anniversary of America’s “unconditional war on poverty.” 

Yesterday Care for the Homeless sent copies of petitions they collected to members of the New York Congressional delegation asking that they not “allow more funding cuts to programs providing health care and human services to poor and homeless people.”

The War on Poverty began with poverty in America of 17.4% and a commitment to “not rest until that war is won.” It lasted in an aggressive way about as long as the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and in 2014 dollars cost a small fraction of those wars. And the War on Poverty was working when we stopped fighting it.

In the 1960s and 1970s America’s poverty rate was falling. It went from 17.4% in ’65 to 12% in 1974. 

The War on Poverty spawned programs assisting the poorest Americans in nutrition, health care, housing and job training. It created the Department of Housing and Urban Development (headed by the first black Cabinet Secretary), the Office of Economic Opportunity and “community action” agencies in every county. 

Today the programs that waged the War on Poverty are under attack. For example, food stamps, launched in 1964, took a substantial cut two months ago and are back on the chopping block. It appears coming food stamp cuts will be larger than the last one. 

Meanwhile, the poverty rate in America is 15% and 21% in New York City (more than double that according to city’s own poverty measure). Median income has been falling. More children than ever live in poverty. 

We need your help in the fight to end homelessness and fight poverty in America. Please join the hundreds who signed our petition. We must let them Congress know there’s a constituency who cares about protecting people suffering homelessness, poverty and who are vulnerable.

You can reach your Representative and Senators through the Congressional switchboard, toll-free, at 1-800-828-0495. Please don’t delay. These decisions are being made in Congress now!           

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year.

From all of us at Care for the Homeless,

we wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Thank you for your generous support and advocacy. You make our work possible 
for over 8,000 homeless men, women and children in NYC every year.