Housing, Shelter

LANTERN COMMUNITY SERVICES INC

New York, NY

Mission

Founded in 1996, Lantern Community Services' mission is to champion the independence and well-being of New Yorkers who are impacted by or threatened with homelessness.

Ruling Year

1997

Executive Director

Diane Louard-Michel

Main Address

494 8th Avenue, 20th floor

New York, NY 10001 USA

Keywords

Supportive housing, social services, affordable housing

EIN

13-3910692

 Number

7735578072

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Housing (L21)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The problem that Lantern seeks to address is the homelessness and affordable housing crisis in New York City. With over 60,000 shelter residents a night as of 2018, New York's homeless population has ballooned in recent years to an unsustainable level. The main cause of that growth is the lack of affordable housing within the city, with more and more neighborhoods becoming unaffordable and landlords pushing tenants out of their homes so that they can get higher rents.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Health & Wellness

Employment & Education Services

Nutrition & Culinary Arts

Arts, Culture & Fitness

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Proportion of supportive housing clients who increase or maintain their entry income annually

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people

Related program

Employment & Education Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

% of all Lantern clients | This is a standard metric set by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) for supportive housing providers. The HUD quality benchmark for this metric is 54%.

Proportion of supportive housing clients who remain stably housed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

% of all Lantern clients | This is a standard metric set by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) for supportive housing providers. The HUD quality benchmark for this metric is 80%.

Proportion of supportive housing clients who engage with social services each month

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

% of all Lantern clients

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Lantern's mission is to champion the independence and well-being of New Yorkers who are impacted by, or threatened with, homelessness. Above all, our goal is to make sure that no one we serve ever becomes homeless again.

But championing independence and well-being is about more than just preventing homelessness. Our aim is to help people build the lives that they want for themselves: achieving mental and physical health or getting the healthcare they need, increasing their income or getting into work, accessing healthy food, and becoming involved in personally meaningful activities in their community.

Lantern's client-centered, individualized services are delivered onsite within our residences to maximize access and convenience, working in close partnership with our clients to promote their housing stability, wellness, dignity, and independence.

The programs we use encourage the best possible outcomes for the low-income and formerly homeless people we serve, and are proven effective in helping diverse groups of people improve their health and economic security. To promote our clients' well-being and independence, we deliver services in four core program areas, using evidence-based practices to achieve the best possible outcomes: health and wellbeing; employment and education; nutrition and culinary arts; and arts, culture and fitness.

Our clients benefit from Lantern's investment in rigorous staff training, program monitoring, evaluation, and quality improvement activities, including partnerships with a number of academic institutions to test our adherence to evidence-based practices.

Now in our 20th year, Lantern Community Services is a well-established organization at an exciting phase in our organizational growth. In our early days, we pioneered supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS, and are now one of the city's largest supportive housing providers for young people who have aged out of foster care. We are a team of around 120 staff, serving clients in 15 supportive apartment buildings across Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, as well as scattered site properties in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Lantern has developed more robust programming in multiple domains: re-designing our youth programming to be more responsive to the needs of our 18-to-25-year-old “emerging adult" clients; embracing a rigorous data-driven approach to service delivery, including implementing evidence-based practices with a keen eye toward model fidelity; increasing the standardization and quality control mechanisms across service sites; and building our organizational capacity to ramp up the programs and systems required to improve and measure client outcomes across all areas. These changes are deepening Lantern's impact, improving client outcomes, and demonstrating our effectiveness in ways that are resonating across the supportive housing field.

Lantern uses standardized, validated tools to track our clients' outcomes across each of our program areas. All staff are trained and responsible for recording outcomes in a centralized outcomes database, which is analyzed monthly and reviewed by program directors and senior staff. Outcomes are also reviewed by Lantern's Board of Directors quarterly. We are constantly working to better understanding our impact, and using data to develop programs which are responsive to our client's needs is at the core of our approach to supportive housing.

Lantern is also a member of the New York City Continuum of Care, and accountable to the US Department of Housing and Development (HUD) for delivering on key supportive housing outcomes: housing stability, financial stability, and client engagement. We consistently outperform HUD benchmarks for these outcomes.

Over 20 years, Lantern Community Services has grown to now provide on-site social services to over 2,000 New Yorkers. As new buildings have opened to serve many more people, we have greatly expanded our services, introducing evidence-based programming and establishing specialized programs led by expert staff in employment, health, nutrition and the arts.

In 2015, Lantern began introducing a suite of evidence-based interventions targeting employment and economic security, mental and physical health, and self-efficacy. Over the coming year, we intend to bring our clients further interventions targeting HIV, diabetes, and the needs of young adults. Over the next two years, we will also begin providing services to two new supportive housing buildings in Manhattan – Savanna Hall in Washington Heights, and Stardom Hall in Clinton.

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LANTERN COMMUNITY SERVICES INC

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No