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The mission of Eviction Intervention Services is to prevent homelessness. Our mission is accomplished by keeping residents in their communities, preserving existing affordable housing, and promoting and supporting the construction of affordable housing for low income families. EIS exists to protect and improve New Yorkers' quality of life by stabilizing the neighborhood. Our aim is to keep all people, including families with children under the age of 18, senior citizens, the homebound, and the physically and/or mentally impaired in their own apartment, promoting the safety and security of our neighborhoods. EIS helps to preserve existing affordable housing stock by advocating for and educating tenants, preventing their eviction. EIS' programs of homelessness prevention were established, noting that, in the words of our founder Gloria W. Milliken, prevention is the only way to stem the unceasing tide of homelessness. This is the mission of EIS.
Eviction Intervention Services was founded in 1984 to serve low and moderate income residents in mid-town Manhattan's East Side. This work began in response to requests from neighborhood hospitals, universities, public schools, churches, synagogues, senior citizen's and social service organizations that identified a need for a full-time program to deal with basic housing problems and related services. The needs of the community have shaped our priorities, and we have evolved into a homelessness prevention organization. EIS has also has had a contract to provide Legal Aid Services to families with children under the age of 18 at risk of eviction since 1992. EIS is very unique in that there is no other organization on the East Side of Manhattan to include a legal component in our advocacy services. There is simply no one else on the East Side that provides these kinds of homelessness prevention programs.
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