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Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.

Housing is a Human Right

aka CFTH   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org

Mission

The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping individuals and families. We believe that affordable housing, sufficient food, and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education, and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized. Every day, the Coalition for the Homeless helps more than 3,500 people who are suffering in extreme poverty, and in its 40-year history, has given more than 1 million people a way off the streets.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Mr. Dave Giffen

Main address

129 Fulton St

New York, NY 10038 USA

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EIN

13-3072967

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (P05)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grand Central Food Program

GRAND CENTRAL FOOD PROGRAM delivers between 800 and 1,200 hot nourishing meals – 365 nights per year – to homeless and hungry people living rough on the streets, providing a gateway to vital benefits and services.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Unemployed people

The Eviction Prevention Program rescues more than 800
families per year who are on the brink of homelessness by providing one-time grants – an average of $1,000 per household – to those with impending evictions but who have the capacity to pay rent going forward.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Adults

The Crisis Intervention Program helps 10,000 homeless men, women and children per year, connecting them to shelter, housing, public benefits, substance abuse treatment, mental health programs, domestic violence counseling and job training. We also provide emergency grants for food, baby formula, work uniforms, school supplies, medication and transportation.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

The Key Program (formerly the Client Advocacy Program) engages long-term shelter
residents who have severe mental or physical disabilities and helps place them in stable housing – allowing these often shunned and forgotten men and women to finally transition to an accessible home.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Homeless people

The Emergency Mail Program provides roughly 1,700 homeless New Yorkers with a secure, reliable and discreet mailing address where they can receive private mail as well as important documents from government agencies and social service organizations.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

The Scattered Site Housing Program ensures that
individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS can thrive in safe and stable apartments with compassionate case management and access to continuous medical care.

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS
Homeless people

The First Step Job Training Program gives homeless and low-income women the computer training, literacy, life skills, mentoring and networking opportunities – as well as the self-confidence – they need to secure living-wage employment

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Camp Homeward Bound, the nation’s first sleep-away camp
designed specifically for homeless children, gives 360 girls and boys each summer the chance to play, learn and grow at our beautiful, lakefront campsite in Harriman State Park.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Bound for Success offers critical after-school and summer
day-camp programs to homeless kids – who otherwise risk falling behind their classmates – by providing tutoring with homework, literacy and math as well as enriching recreational activities

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Coalition Houses offers private apartment living and case
management for formerly-homeless individuals in three contiguous five-story brownstones on the Upper West Side.

Bridge Building provides safe and affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments that allow formerly homeless mothers to create a safe, nurturing environment for their kids while fostering a strong sense of community.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of emergency meals provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Grand Central Food Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of families assisted with rent or mortgage to avoid eviction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Eviction Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Coalition for the Homeless believes that affordable housing, sufficient food, and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education, and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized.

For 40 years, the Coalition for the Homeless has developed and implemented humane, cost-effective strategies to end mass homelessness in New York City. Our model programs represent solutions that can dramatically reduce the homeless population and prevent homelessness among those most at risk.

Our renowned advocacy tirelessly fights for investments in proven, cost-effective housing-based solutions to mass homelessness. Our first legal victory, Callahan v. Carey, established the right to shelter for homeless adult men — a crucial first step in our subsequent victories on behalf of homeless women and children. Since then, the Coalition has won a string of legal actions including securing medically appropriate housing for people living with HIV/AIDS and ensuring the right to vote for Americans without homes.

Every day, our 11 frontline programs help more than 3,500 men, women and children survive immediate crises and put them on the path to long-term stability. We witness firsthand the challenges they face and shape our services to best meet their needs, providing emergency food and clothing, eviction prevention, crisis services, permanent housing, job training, and special programs for homeless youth.

The Coalition also serves as the court-appointed independent monitor of the municipal shelter system for single adults and the City-appointed independent monitor of the shelter system for homeless families. We maintain a constant presence in shelters to assess conditions and advocate on behalf of the tens of thousands of individuals and families in need of decent shelter.

The Coalition for the Homeless is a vocal and invaluable city and statewide resource for homeless people, at-risk populations, other advocates and service providers, policymakers, and the public at large. We have earned the reputation as the most credible source of information on homelessness, its causes, and solutions.

Since our founding in 1981, we have given more than a million homeless New Yorkers a way off the streets. Our landmark litigation, Callahan v. Carey, established the legal right to shelter for homeless adult men in NYC and was the first crucial step in creating a safety net for our homeless neighbors. We have since won a number of important legal victories, including securing protective services for homeless children, requiring medically appropriate housing for people living with HIV/AIDS, ensuring the right to vote for New Yorkers without homes, and ensuring that the municipal shelter system properly accommodates homeless people with disabilities.

Over the past four decades, our innovative programming has also:

• Delivered more than 8 million meals to hungry and homeless New Yorkers on the streets of the city.
• Provided a quarter-million individuals with life-saving crisis services.
• Prevented more than 15,000 households from being evicted and falling into homelessness – thus saving the City roughly a half-billion dollars in averted shelter costs.
• Given 2,000 New Yorkers the safety and dignity of permanent housing.
• Helped more than 1,700 homeless and low-income women find a pathway to employment and stability.

We remain committed to ending mass homelessness altogether by fighting for the day when shelters are no longer needed, when every New Yorker has a home of their own, and when no one is left to live – or die – on our streets.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

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Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Barry H. Berke

Terry Andreas

Andrew Kramer

Howard Furst

Ellen Baxter

Marcia Sells

Michael Friedman

David Giffen

Barry Berke

Michael Kempner

Richard Lewis

Helen Lowenstein

Amanda Moretti

Daniel Nardello

Rich Russo

Jennifer Wallace

Lucy Fato