New York City Homelessness: Rate Up 23 Percent (STUDY)

Response to Huffington Post

Folks are homeless for a number of reasons, but first it is important to distinguish between the chronically homeless and those temporarily homeless. The high cost of housing in NYC is another reason.

Last year we helped over 13,000 homeless New Yorkers, primarily those with a substance abuse history and/or mentall illness. We have found that what these men and women need to change their lives are comprehensive services—both transitional and low-cost permanent housing, psychiatric care, detox, job training. This is what we provide.

The chronically homeless got that way in a number of ways—war vets with ptsd, hard childhoods, genetics, but they often stay that way because the services they receive are not operating together in a supportive community.

Free Mammograms on Staten Island this Sunday

Women (both insured and uninsured) who have not received a mammogram in the last year and are over age 40 can receive a free mammogram this Sunday on Staten Island. The van will be located outside Assemblyman Michael Cusick’s office at 1911 Richmond Ave., Bulls Head, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 800-564-6868.

The mobile radiology clinic will feature mammographies and clinical breast exams as well as instruction on breast self-examination. Additionally this program provides no cost follow up diagnostic services for an abnormal finding and treatment should a cancer be found. Insured women can also be screened using their insurance and no other out of pocket expense( ie co-pay or deductable) If you want more information on this program call 718-226-6447.

Please note that an appointment is needed. For availability at other times and in other boroughs please check Project Renewal’s ScanVan site here.

NPR: A Push To Help U.S. Veterans Fight Homelessness

As we seek to develop new ways to help homeless veterans in the coming year it all comes back to finding processes that work. We also have to agree that business-as-usual doesn’t work:

When somebody is sleeping outside, they may be using the emergency room for their health care,” Marge says. “They may be cycling in and out of prisons, and that’s very costly.

Check out this great NPR piece on the situation of homeless veterans in America

Donate Items to our Silent Auction!

Auction Wishlist:

  • Airline tickets
  • Resort/Vacation home stays – specifically Napa Valley or Caribbean
  • NYC Sporting tickets – specifically Yankees, Giants, Jets
  • Golf outings
  • Spa services – massages, facials, mani/pedi
  • Women’s accessories – fine jewelry, designer handbags
  • Personal Yoga, pilates, fitness trainer
  • Tickets to MB Fashion week
  • Gift certificate to upscale NYC restaurants
  • Wine
  • Electronics – specifically iPads/iPods
  • Unique NYC experiences  

Check out our Gala site here to buy tickets, donate items, and view auction items!

OR email media[at]projectrenewal[dot]org or mail to:

Nicole Scanlin

c/o Project Renewal

200 Varick St 9th Fl

New York, NY 10014

Trailblazing Housing Model Wins Support

Project Renewal's Ft. Washington Men's Shelter visits lawmakers in Albany

Thanks in part to advocacy by our staff and clients who journeyed to Albany, an important new NY State initiative will get off the ground and help thousands get on their feet again. The Supportive Housing Development Program apportions $60 million for services, housing subsidies, and capital dollars for new housing as part of the Medicaid Redesign. Project Renewal pioneered supportive housing to combat the disconnected stream of expensive services that left the hardest-to-reach homeless isolated and stuck. This comprehensive model supports the struggling and vulnerable with housing, services, and job support in a community environment.

Learn more details of the program from the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)