Friday, August 29, 2014

Basic Algebra @ Care for the Homeless

Your Partnership + Care for the Homeless = Success!

30,000+ school supplies were donated to our Back to School Drive, not only did you fill a back pack but you filled a high need! 

There are over 80,000 homeless school children in New York City, and thanks to you they are prepared for the 2014-2015 academic year. 

A very, very special thanks goes out to the employees at West Side Foods for donating 22 boxes of school supplies, 4 Kids in Need for a fun back to school event, the Institute for Family Health for their continuous partnership, and YOU our extraordinary supporters! 

We are HONORED to count all of you among our generous sponsors, see you next year! 




See more photos of our Back to School Drive supporters and the children after the jump.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Here’s A Summer Must Read, and a Brave Call to Action

Jeff Foreman, Director of Policy

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer published a great article in Sunday’s New Daily News that startled a number of people.  It was startling because Councilman Van Bramer wrote about his own family’s experience with homelessness – a story certainly most people had never heard.

It was a great story because Van Bramer put a face on homelessness and touched people who normally don’t think about homelessness or that the next homeless family in New York might be very much like your neighbor’s family, your own relatives or perhaps the family of your Council member or you.

Van Bramer used his story to call on all citizens to be part of the solution: “As the city declares war on inequality and Mayor de Blasio rightly takes a humane and honest approach to ending homelessness, we must all be part of the solution. All human beings have a right to shelter. Some may say that’s feel-good liberalism run amok, but in the City of New York, it happens to be the law. We must house our homeless and that means finding places for families like mine to live and begin again.” 

You should read the whole story here.

In a time of dramatically increasing stigmatization of poor or homeless people, that’s often resulted in criminalization of poverty or homelessness or, worse, outright attacks on people experiencing homelessness, it’s inspiring to see our Council Majority Leader leading on a controversial issue.  Championing homeless people may not be the most “politic” thing to do; but it’s the right thing to do.


Thank you Councilman Van Bramer! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Congratulations to City Councilman Steve Levin

On Winning Dedication Award from NYC PHCH

Last week City Councilman Steve Levin, Chairman of Council’s General Welfare Committee, was the recipient of a “Dedication to Improving the Lives of NYC Under Served People” Award presented by the NYC Providers of Health Care for the Homeless (PHCH).  CFH is a charter member of PHCH and CFH Assistant Executive Director Debbian Fletcher-Blake introduced Councilman Levin and presented him with the award.

Councilman Levin has long fought for poor, homeless or underserved New Yorkers and as Committee Chair has been a leading advocate for targeting housing resources to people experiencing homelessness. He told the group of 100 participants at the conference “people who do the life-saving and life-changing work of providing health care and help to homeless people, usually with little recognition, are an inspiration to me in my work on Council” and promised to “be a partner in the fight to do what is right.”

Also recognized at the conference was Care for the Homeless Health Information Specialist John Hyun who received a S/HERO Award from PHCH. S/Hero awards are given annually by PHCH to outstanding providers of service who are nominated and selected by their colleagues at their service agency. Hyun’s award was presented by Dr. Marissa Toussaint, CFH’s Medical Director.

The NYC Providers of Health Care for the Homeless conference is held annually on the occasion of national Health Care for the Homeless Day. The conference was held at the Javits Federal Building in Manhattan.  Other speakers included John Lozier, Executive Director of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council; Beverly Grossman, Senior Policy Director of the Community Health Care Association of New York State; Dr. Dova Marder, Medical Director of the city Department of Homeless Services; Dr. James O’Connell, President of Boston’s Health Care for the Homeless Program; and Gilbert Taylor, Commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services.       

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fill a backpack, fill a need!


Did you know there are over 80,000 homeless school children in New York City? 

Thousands of homeless parents are worrying about not being able to afford the items on their children’s school supply list. 

You can help ensure that homeless children are not left behind or forgotten by donating much needed school supplies this summer. This small gesture creates an encouraging environment for academic success by building confidence for the new academic year.

When: July 17 - August 22

Where: Drop off supplies at 30 East 33rd Street, 5th Floor, NY, NY 10016 
            or Susan's Place 1911 Jerome Avenue, BX. 

Questions? Email Rosanna at rmontilla@cfhnyc.org or call 212-366-4459 ext. 202. 

Thank you to our committed sponsors, West Side Foods, 4 Kids in Need, Institute for Family Health and all of our generous donors for inspiring homeless children.