Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hundreds gather at National Health Care for the Homeless Conference

Representatives from Care for the Homeless join hundreds of fellow leaders from around the country this week at the 2014 National Health Care for the Homeless Homeless Conference in New Orleans.




This annual gathering features workshops and research presentations on successful programs from around the country. Several Care for the Homeless leaders are sharing presentations this week, including:

Workshop Title: Improving Health Care Outcomes through Outreach, Engagement and Linkages to Care
Presenters: Lesley Moody, Gillian Saunders, Gabrila Gonzalez

Workshop: Integrated Care Model for Homeless Mothers with Depression: an Intervention in Family Shelter Clinics in NYC
Presenters: Debbian Fletcher-Blake, Benigno Rodriguez, along with Linda Weinreb

Workshop: Engaging Homeless Youth in Services
Facilitator: Debbian Fletcher-Blake 

Presidents' Breakfast -- Sustaining Employee Morale during Challenging Times
Presenters: Bobby Watts, Jean Hochron and Nic Apostoleris

Workshop: Advocating for Ourselves, Creating a Client Speakers' Bureau 
Presenters: Jeff Foreman, William Bryant, Anthony Williams, David Broxton

Your generous support makes all our programs possible, and because of you, our leaders are now sharing these successful programs with hundreds of colleagues from around the country. Thank you for making a difference here in NYC and across the country. Care for the Homeless is a founding member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, one of the original 19 Health Care for the Homeless projects in the U.S. 

The Conference runs through Friday, May 30. Follow what's happening in real-time on social media, using the hash tag #hchnola.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Care for the Homeless Clients to Teach “Advocating for Ourselves”

Four Care for the Homeless client leaders have been invited to attend the National Health Care for the Homeless Conference this week in New Orleans to present a workshop on our client advocacy work. The workshop will be called “Advocating for Ourselves.”

David Broxton, one of the clients teaching the workshop said “Care for the Homeless does incredible work in providing life-saving health services to people who are homeless and in advocating for policies to fight, prevent and end homelessness. But I’ve learned in my involvement here that no one can advocate for homeless people as effectively as those of us who have lived this experience.”

“We’ve had the opportunity to testify to City Council and the state legislature, to talk with policymakers and most important, through our Care for the Homeless Speakers’ Bureau, to meet and speak with interested New Yorkers about policy choices that helped cause the homelessness crisis and how better policies could end homelessness as we know it,” according to Anthony Williams, another client presenter at the workshop.

Other Care for the Homeless client presenters will include William Bryant and Philip Malebranche.  The conference they are speaking at will include many hundreds of health care providers, administrators, policymakers, clients and others from across the country. The conference keynote speaker is U.S. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Presentations by the Care for the Homeless Speakers’ Bureau, given by Care for the Homeless clients, are available to schools, faith communities, civic or professional organizations and other groups. 

Request a Speaker

Contact us at policy@cfhnyc.org, or call Policy Director Jeff Foreman at (212) 366-4459, extension 206.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I am homeless because ...

The path out of homelessness often starts with one simple question: what happened—why are you homeless?
For Ebony, a 22-year old college student and resident of Susan’s Place, our shelter for women in the Bronx, answering that question was both liberating and empowering. “I am homeless because when I moved back to NYC from California to take care of my Mom who is sick, I was under the assumption my Section 8 housing voucher was transferable.”

Ebony is not alone. The 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports 10% of all homeless people in the United States were 18-24 years old. 

Four months ago, Ebony moved in Susan’s Place, where she says: “I don’t feel like a number, I got my humanity back.” Working with a Care for the Homeless housing liaison, just this week, Ebony has gone on several housing interviews, and she received word that she will be moving into an apartment soon.

Care for the Homeless is helping Ebony and others like her focus and visualize their goals while preparing them to enter the competitive affordable housing market.  

Sharon Bowie, a community housing liaison at Susan’s Place, explains: “We want to place our clients into housing and make sure it is a sustainable environment so that they don’t return to the shelter system. Susan’s Place is a one-stop shop for clients to get all of the help they need for a stable future.”  

Find out how you can be involved in helping clients like Ebony at www.careforthehomeless.org by volunteering your time, making a donation and becoming an advocate. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Give someone a fresh start - donate basic supplies to our 2014 Toiletries Drive.

In the first two weeks of the 2014 Care for the Homeless Toiletries Drive, over 2,000 products have already been donated!

  • Special thanks to Walgreens and DNA Public Relations for donating thousands of women's hygiene and beauty products
  • New supporters Hope & Comfort Inc. are providing 300 bars of soap
  • Countless individuals have dropped off new toiletries to our offices at 30 East 33rd Street.
We thank everyone who has contributed so far. We're at 20% of our goal, and you can help us reach our goal.

What We Need:
soap
shampoo
toothpaste
toothbrush
deodorant
sunblock
lip balm

All donated toiletries must be new and unopened. We can accept both full-size and travel-size. Your donations will be given to homeless men, women and children in NYC.


Download the 2014 Toiletries Drive poster here or contact our Development Office at (212) 366-4459 ext. 202 for more information.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Grand Opening Held for our Newest Clinic in the Bronx



Ribbon-cutting Ceremony
May 7, 2014
Care for the Homeless Medical & Dental Clinic
located at POTS in the Bronx

Care for the Homeless is growing in 2014 in response to record need in NYC to reach more homeless men, women and children. This May, we celebrated the grand opening our of newest clinic in the Bronx, joined by supporters, community members, and our partners at POTS (Part of the Solution).

As the only health care organization in NYC dedicated exclusively to serving homeless men, women and children of all ages, Care for the Homeless reaches over 8,000 people every year. This newest Clinic will serve several hundred patients in the first year alone. 
The Clinic welcomes walk-ins and schedules same day and regular appointments. All services are confidential. Dental services will address the number one unmet health need among the homeless population in NYC. 

Says Care for the Homeless Dental Director Sonia Gray, DDS: "We're already booking appointments into June, over-booking in fact, to meet the need." 

Your generous support makes this program expansion possible. In 2014, Care for the Homeless is opening two Dental Clinics and launching a new Mobile Health Clinic to address unmet needs. 




Thank you for advancing our mission.





Friday, May 2, 2014

What do you do with unused toiletries?

Over 9,000 personal hygiene products were donated to our 2013 Toiletries Drive last spring. Can you help us top that record in 2014?  

We have kicked off the 2014 Toiletries Drive with a huge donation from DNA Public Relations! The toiletries will be put together in kits to be distributed to homeless clients all over New York City.

If you have the ability to donate, bring new and unopened toiletries to our administrative office at 30 East 33rd Street, 5th Floor in Manhattan or to Susan's Place in the Bronx. 

Please see the list of items we can accept on the flier. Questions? Call 212-366-4459 ext. 202 or email at rmontilla@cfhnyc.org.  

Thank you for continuing to support Care for the Homeless. We can't do it without you!