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Hostile Laws, Hateful Acts Bolster Stigma Against Homeless

Jeff Foreman, Director of Policy They call it the "poor door." It's a classic example of stigmatizing poverty. So much so it riled up New Yorkers this summer, and people are still talking about it. A Manhattan developer created a separate entrance for the 55 nonmarket "affordable housing" tenants in his 33-story, waterfront, luxury high-rise – hence, the "poor door." Most people may not have been aware of it, but this is hardly the first luxury development in the City providing affordable units through a poor door. Ugly demonstrations in Queens' Elmhurst neighborhood over a new homeless shelter at the previously vacant Pan American Hotel came replete with angry confrontations between community residents and children housed at the family shelter; name-calling and crowds grew so daunting officials interceded to take the homeless kids to a movie to keep them away from another protest. While it made for compelling summer TV viewing, it was just part o…

Top 5 Reasons Why We Love You

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Yes, ALL of you
Donors like you make our work possible. This month, we wanted to say a special note of thanks, and then, we realized we had more than one thing to say. 
Here are the top 5 reasons why we love you: 
5.  Your support is critical, funding program expansions like our new Mobile Health Clinic
4. You inspire others to give, volunteer, and advocate. 
3. You are passionate about transforming the lives of homeless families
2. The impact of your support is felt in your communities
1. You give more than money; you provide hope to more than 8,000 homeless men, women, and children.



Thank you for making our work possible.

Political Courage and Homelessness in New York City

Jeff Foreman, Director of Policy

Few things in life are rarer than real political courage.
How often do you find political leaders, particularly elected officials longing to stay elected, standing up for locally unpopular issues at the height of their controversy? This is the province of unique experience, strange curiosity and genuine oddity.
Yet at a time of dramatically increasing stigmatization of poor and especially homeless people, particularly in New York City’s Queens Borough where several new homeless shelters have or are scheduled to open, New Yorkers have been treated to an extraordinary show of bravery from political leaders speaking out for what is unpopular among their electorate seemingly just because it’s the right thing to do.
That’s about as quirky as the Big Apple itself.
In July, the City’s Department of Homeless Services opened a family homeless shelter in the defunct former Pan American Hotel in Queen’s Elmhurst neighborhood. It opened on an emergency basis, meaning w…

Health Empowered Beauty Fashion Show Draws Sold-Out Crowd

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Care for the Homeless Kicks Off NYC Fashion WeekBilled as the only fashion show during NYC Fashion Week that changed the lives of homeless women--the event featured residents of Susan's Place, our 200-bed shelter for homeless women in the Bronx, as models. The sold-out crowd gave several standing ovations during the event, which raised more than $8,000 for Susan's Place. 

One of the models, Lizette, talked about the struggles she's overcome in her own life, sharing: "A couple of years ago, I never would have had the self-confidence to do something like this."

Since opening the shelter in 2008, over 900 women have moved out of Susan's Place and into permanent housing. Less than 8% become homeless again.


View photos from the September 4th Fashion Show in our online Photo Album here.

Looking for more information about the incredible designers who generously sponsored the Fashion Show?  Follow the links below to learn more about the clothing lines.
Monif C.Sofistafu…