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Going Home: A ThriveNYC Story (Video)

Audio Description: Information about how licensed social workers provide families in shelter with the help and support they need.

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More than 13,000 families live in temporary shelters, most with children under the age of 5.
But licensed social workers help them move out and move on.
To apply, e-mail a cover letter and resume to

In November 2015, First Lady Chirlane McCray rolled out ThriveNYC, an action plan to change the way we think about mental health and the way we deliver services, to address the challenges with the current mental health system and to bring more services, better services, and services that are easier to access to the highest need areas around the City.

DHS and ThriveNYC have launched an initiative to place licensed master's-level social workers (LMSWs) in Families with Children shelters as a part of ThriveNYC. These Social Workers will serve as Client Care Coordinators directly in shelters as employees of DHS contracted providers. Client Care Coordinators will improve access to mental health services in the FWC shelter system and to assist families that are homeless as they navigate multiple systems and cope with the stressors and anxiety induced by homelessness.