With the creation of Homebase in September 2004, DHS dramatically changed the landscape of homeless services in New York City. Prior to this time, many low-income New Yorkers found shelter to be the only means for coping with a housing crisis. But now, households on the brink of homelessness are faced with an entirely new reality, complete with an extensive network of neighborhood-based services to help them remain in their communities and avoid entering shelter.
We recently opened more locations in community districts throughout the five boroughs; Homebase remains the cornerstone of the City's homelessness prevention efforts, crafting individualized assistance to meet the needs of each household. Among the services that may be offered are: