Since April 2016, our outreach teams have helped more than 2,450 New Yorkers remain off the street. While our strategies are making progress and headed in the right direction, with each person helped off the streets representing an individual victory, we know we cannot rest. Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. And we will not leave any New Yorker behind. We know that ending long-term street homelessness is in our power. It is our mission and responsibility. We have the tools to make a difference and there’s no time left to wait.
That is why we are announcing our plan to cut street homelessness in half by ending long-term street homelessness in New York City within the next five years.
All New Yorkers
People who are living on the street are our neighbors: it is our collective responsibility to treat them with dignity and learn how we might support them.
Faith, Community, and Business Leaders
In order to open 1000 new transitional Safe Haven beds and 1000 new low-barrier permanent housing units, we need help from every community to identify locations where we can site these crucial services. Faith and community leaders, businesses, philanthropy, and the provider community can all be of great help.
Shelter remains the most appropriate next setting for many people who are experiencing homelessness, as close as possible to the anchors of their daily life, close to schools, employment, health care, or houses of worship. These are exactly the kinds of social supports and connections to community that can help families and individuals stabilize their lives after losing their homes, which can in turn help them move out of shelter more quickly. Please join us at the table to support our shelter-siting process to provide feedback and support our homeless neighbors.
DHS welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the business community and tech sector to serve the needs of homeless clients, whether through partnerships or in-kind donations. To discuss such opportunities, please submit an inquiry at nyc.gov/dhs/suggestions or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And we welcome other ideas from every community!