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Mission Statement

The Partnership for the Homeless is committed to partnering with the faith-based community, neighborhood-based organizations, business, and government to attack the root causes of homelessness and empower homeless people to leave the city s streets and shelters for lives of independence and financial stability.


In order to volunteer with The Partnership for the Homeless, you must first attend one of our 90-minute volunteer orientations for new volunteers, which are held at least twice each month (See Schedule).

The Partnership began in 1982 as a single shelter in a Manhattan Church basement. Today, The Partnership's public/private collaborations and direct service programs assist families and individuals in making the successful transition from New York streets to permanent housing, skilled jobs, and self-sufficiency.

Today, the Partnership runs a variety of programs. A list of major programs follows.

Emergency Shelter Network

Serves: Homeless individuals
Where: 104 sites in all boroughs (see map)
- Volunteer coordinated shelters located in houses of worship and community centers throughout the city
- Screened guests currently receiving services from one of New York City's ten drop-in centers
- Evening and morning meals and a shelter bed
- Between 5 and 15 guests at a site

Family Resource Center

Serves: Brooklyn families


- Support and case management for formerly homeless Brooklyn families referred by the Department of Homeless Services
- Community groups
- Information and advocacy about the education rights of homeless children
- Civil legal services
- Employment counseling and workforce development soft-skills training

Furnish a Future

Serves: Homeless families recently placed in permanent housing

Where: Brooklyn

- New York City's only free furniture bank
- Formerly homeless families referred from the Department of Homeless Services
- 10 - 12 families served daily, 2,000 families annually
- Stocked entirely with donations

Homeless Action Network

Who: Anyone interested in the issues affecting homeless individuals in New York City
Where: On-line

- E-mail alerts and updates about current legislative activity affecting the homeless population and action that can be taken to advocate for social justice

HOPE Project

Serves: Chronically homeless individuals eligible for SSI/SSD

Where: Manhattan

-- Information about eligibility and documentation requirements for SSI/SSD
- Support gaining SSI/SSD documentation
- Coordination with medical professionals and benefits offices
-- Advocacy and accompaniment to fair hearings

Peter's Place

Who: Homeless individuals 55 years and older

Where: Manhattan

- Open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year
- 3 hot meals daily, showers, respite, clean clothing, lockers, mailing address
- Case management
- Housing assistance
- Civil legal assistance
- On-site medical and psychiatric care
- Active art and recreation therapy program
- On-going transitions case management for individuals placed in housing

Positive Step

Serves: Homeless individuals and families living with HIV and AIDS

Where: Manhattan

- Crisis intervention and case management
- Housing assistance
- Individual and group counseling in English and Spanish
- Workshops on health care, housing and independent living skills
- Family and bereavement counseling
- Civil legal services
- HIV risk-reduction counseling
- Technical assistance on HIV/AIDS homeless housing programs to service providers including hospitals, clinics, AIDS service agencies and community organizations

Senior AIDES

Serves: Older adults seeking to reconnect to the workforce
Where: 305 7 th Avenue, 14 th Floor, New York, NY 10001
- Placement in subsidized employment located in non-profits throughout the city
- Employment retention counseling
- Support locating independent employment





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