Thursday, February 27, 2014

Save the Date: Thursday, April 24 is the Health, Care and Hope Gala


 For more information about the event--including this year's Honorary Co-Chairs--please visit our web site.

To reserve tickets by phone, please call the Development Office at (212) 366-4459.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Care for the Homeless hosts film screening and discussion. Join us February 27th.

Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected on a “Tale of Two Cities” – one incredibly rich and privileged and one poor or struggling and losing ground. Care for the Homeless works every day to deliver life changing services to the most vulnerable families and individuals struggling daily in New York City. As part of our advocacy for our clients we’re participating in a national conversation about economic inequality in America and what can be done about it.

Join us for a special screening of the film Inequality for All

This week, on Thursday, February 27th, Care for the Homeless and our client leaders are sponsoring a showing of the movie “Inequality for All” and an open discussion following the screening. The program begins at 5 p.m. in the CFH conference room on the 5th floor of 30 E. 33rd Street. 
If you want to join us please e-mail policy@cfhnyc.org because seating is limited.

The award-winning movie Inequality for All is based on a course Dr. Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, teaches at the University of California. The open conversation that follows will include film reactions and focus on what could be done to ease economic inequality in New York City.

The movie isn’t specific to New York City, but Mayor de Blasio is right in portraying us as two worlds. New York boasts more billionaires than any other city in the world (80 at last count) and more millionaires than anyplace in America. But among our beautiful structures and incredible culture is another story.

When the Census Bureau released its annual report last September the “official” poverty rate in NYC was 21.2%, up from 20.9% in 2012 and 20.1% in 2010. That’s high, heading in the wrong direction and represents 1.7+ million people below the poverty threshold. For children in the Big Apple the rate is 31%.

Worse, this actually understates the problem, because the poverty rate doesn’t adjust for regional cost-of-living differences. In other words, the 21.2% poverty rate is based on measure that calculates the cost of living as the same in expensive Manhattan, New York as precisely the same as in Manhattan, Kansas.

Our conversation will be lively. We’ll include differing points of view and welcome your participation. Please rsvp today.          

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pocketbooks prevent cancer at Care for the Homeless.

Over 170 homeless women participated in last month's Pocketbooks for Paps campaign.

This campaign was born a few years ago when a very generous donor gifted us with a large container of handbags. Our Health Education Team devised a creative way to distribute the donation by creating a health awareness campaign. During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January, the team provided educational workshops to over 170 women, with 22% receiving their exam that same day. All participants "shopped" at the end of the workshop for a new pocketbook or handbag.

"There are so many misconceptions associated with detection, prevention and treatment," says Gillian Saunders, CFH Senior Health Educator. "I met a young woman in her early 20s who was hesitant and scared at the prospect of receiving her first pelvic exam. Donations like the pocketbooks really help us break down barriers to care."

Do you have a new or gently used pocketbook or handbag you can donate to our next campaign? Help us use fashion to prevent cervical cancer and change lives. Please email us or call Rosanna Montilla in the Development Office at (212) 366-4459 ext. 202 to learn more.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Celebrating a Giant Step on the Road to End Homelessness

Jeff Foreman, Director of Policy
For the past year, Care for the Homeless client leaders and our certified client advocates have fought for extending a “30% rent cap” to all people living with HIV/AIDS in city subsidized HASA (HIV/AIDS Services Administration) housing programs. So it was with extreme pleasure that we got the word last week that the Mayor and Governor have jointly taken action to guarantee the 30% rent cap to more than 10,000 New Yorkers in HASA housing.

Mayor de Blasio hailed the city-state effort, and so do we!

Unlike most extremely low income housing and subsidized housing for poor households with disabilities, HASA housing never guaranteed a 30% rent cap. It always should have. Governor Cuomo said, “By implementing a 30% income cap for low-income renters with HIV/AIDS, we are protecting New Yorkers in
need and making our communities stronger, healthier, and more compassionate for all.”

Our client advocates spoke out for this most recently Wednesday morning at a Care for the Homeless policy breakfast and have visited with policy makers and elected officials urging the change. On Wednesday client leaders advocating for the 30% cap included Garrett McMahan, Gayle Dorsky, Philip Malebranche, Bill Bryant and Anthony Williams.

We salute our client leaders for their successful advocacy, along with our advocacy partners including VOCAL, GMHC, the Supportive Housing Network of New York, United to End Homelessness and so many more.

Study after study documents homelessness is a public health hazard, especially increasing risks for people living with HIV/AIDS. The 30% rent cap is a federally adopted HUD guideline for affordable housing. No low income household should pay more than 30% of gross household income for housing.

While we celebrate this victory, which we hope will very quickly be instituted, we recognize the need to make 30% capped housing available to every homeless household, and how very far we remain from that goal that promises better outcomes for people experiencing homelessness, for our communities and not insignificantly substantial savings in tax dollars, too.

Please join us. Sign up for our Policy Matters newsletter here. Become a Care for the Homeless Advocate to End Homelessness.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Just How Bad Is NYC Homelessness Crisis?

Jeff Foreman, Director of Policy
“57,000 is 57,000 too many.” That’s what the sign said that a Care for the Homeless client leader held up last year at a rally (featured here) on the steps of New York’s City Hall, after the media brought us the bad news that we’d set yet another record for the number of people experiencing homelessness in New York City shelters.

Last year over 111,000 people spent time in our city’s homeless shelters. More than 40,000 of them were children. Those figures, too, represent new high census figures for shelter populations.

Another way to think about it is that in HUD’s recently released Point-in-Time survey for a given day in January of 2013, there were 64,060 people in New York City’s homeless shelters or living on the streets. That’s a 13% increase in City homelessness, year-over-year, at the same time the country as a whole decreased homelessness by 4%. That study found about 1-in-10 homeless people in America was in New York City!

We do know the City’s Department of Homeless Services census doesn't include all people experiencing homelessness. It doesn't account for families in short-term emergency domestic violence shelters, or sleeping in runaway/homeless youth centers, or emergency HASA (HIV-AIDS Services Administration) shelters, or sleeping in faith based nonpublic shelters or some veteran emergency beds.   
York City shelters.

In one recent Care for the Homeless speakers' bureau presentation, one client began with the photos of her colleague with the sign: "57,000 is 57,000 too many." She said, "When I was cold and hungry on the street, I used to say that even one is too many if they want a home like I did."

And, of course, that's the truth.



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Join us on February 12th. We can end modern day homelessness.

Jeff Foreman, Director of Policy
We can end modern day homelessness in New York City. And here’s the interesting thing, we know how to do it, doing it promises better outcomes and a second chance for the 55-64,000 people who will sleep in city homeless shelters or on the New York City streets tonight and the cost of doing it isn’t higher than what we’re doing right now.

What’s more, with a very supportive city administration and City Council, the timing is right to do it!

Most advocates and the de Blasio administration agree New York City needs to reinstate two vitally needed programs that city government ended while they were working! First is the use of a small portion of our city’s federal housing resources – NYCHA public housing apartments and Section 8 housing rent vouchers – to help fight homelessness. Second is a housing subsidy targeted to move people experiencing homelessness from shelters to affordable housing.

Care for the Homeless also believes more affordable housing for very-low income New Yorkers, supportive housing for those who need it and a housing first strategy has to be part of the solution. We also advocate for adequate and appropriate medical care, mental health and human services and other needed programs for homeless people as vital to fighting, preventing and ending homelessness.

Want to hear more about it? On Wednesday, February 12, several Care for the Homeless Certified
Advocate client leaders will be talking to the Care for the Homeless Policy Committee about their stories and these critical policies. If you want to hear the presentation, and join our effort, let us know – and we’ll make a reservation for you.

Reserve your space and join us on Wednesday, February 12 by emailing policy@cfhnyc.org