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Affordable Housing - Link

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One way to prevent homelessness.. is to make sure you are living within you means. For the most part; all of us are two paychecks from homelessness.

If I loose my job today, unemployment isn't going to help me pay my rent and my other basic needs. So I am including a listing of a social service link which lists affordable housing units.

http://www.socialserve.com/ten ant/AZ/index.html

Pls copy and paste to your search engine and click on your state.

For people in the New York City area please go to NYC.gov
and put in affordable housing and there are links which you can see who are currently taking applications.


The only way anyone can prevent HOMELESSNESS is by Helping one another navigate through the system.

BE blessed

What do Do if you become Homeless in NYC

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DHS guiding principle states that that all homeless individuals and families deserve safe, temporary shelter and that planning for permanent housing should begin immediately. The City provides shelter to families that have no permanent or temporary place to live.

Who Is Eligible
Where To Go
What To Bring, What Not To Bring
What To Expect

*Update*
The Section 8 and public housing priorities are no longer available in the family shelter system. A new rental assistance program, Advantage, is now available for families on public assistance. If you are currently in shelter, speak to your housing specialist for more information.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE (back to top )

Families with safe and appropriate places to stay will not be determined eligible for shelter services. You may instead be able to qualify for one of the many homelessness prevention programs that assist families in retaining their existing housing. If you are already homeless and preventive assistance cannot help you keep your existing housing, DHS will provide temporary emergency shelter in a safe environment. Before being placed in shelter, however, your family must be found eligible.

In order for you and your family to be found eligible, DHS must verify that your family is in immediate need of temporary emergency shelter. DHS will conduct an investigation to determine whether there is any other safe and appropriate place for you and your family to stay, even temporarily. To aid the investigation, you should provide any documents that will help investigators understand why you are now homeless. Examples include: eviction papers, marshal's 72-hour notices, letters from landlords or managing agents, letters from people you used to live with, and documents from doctors or other professionals showing that a former apartment may no longer be appropriate.

To be found eligible for emergency housing assistance, you and your family must already be receiving, or apply for, public assistance. HRA's Eligibility Processing Unit is located at the intake center, and will help your family apply.

DHS defines a family as: 1) legally married couples with or without children; 2) single parents with children; 3) pregnant women; and 4) unmarried couples, with or without children, who have cohabited for a substantial period of time and demonstrate a need to be sheltered together.

*Update*
Beginning April 18, 2007, DHS implemented a Pilot at PATH allowing all homeless couples comprised of a pregnant woman or with children who present either a marriage or domestic partnership certificate to be considered a "family" for the purpose of applying for shelter.

*Update*
Beginning February 1, 2007, DHS implemented a Pilot at AFIC allowing all homeless couples who present either a marriage or domestic partnership certificate to be considered an "adult couple" for the purpose of applying for shelter. Specifically, the following are considered an "adult couple" eligible for family housing:

Applicants who are legally married and present a valid marriage certificate;
Applicants who are domestic partners and present a valid domestic partnership certificate;
Adults who provide, as part of their application, proof establishing the medical dependence of one applicant upon another;
Adults who share one of the following relationships: (i) aunt/uncle to niece/nephew; (ii) grandparent to grandchild; (iii) parent to child; and (iv) siblings; and have resided with one another for one-hundred and eighty days within the year immediately prior to the date of their application;
Adult street homeless applicants who have been referred directly from the street by an outreach worker who recommends that they be housed together.
In addition, adults who are unable to meet the requirements above due to extraordinary circumstances and who have been co-habitants for at least six months immediately prior to their application may be considered a family under the discretion of an AFIC manager.

WHERE TO GO (back to top )

Please read this section carefully - depending on your family situation, you must go to one of two family intake centers.

Families with Children Under 21 Years Old

Families with children under 21 years old who are applying for shelter must go (in-person) to the Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (Path) Office in the Bronx. The Path Office is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Pregnant Families (single pregnant women, pregnant couples, or parent/grandparent(s) with a pregnant child 21 years of age or over)

Pregnant families must go (in-person) to the Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (Path ) Office in the Bronx. The Path Office is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Adult Families with No Children Under 21

Adult families with no children under 21 must go to the Adult Family Intake Center (AFIC), located in Manhattan. AFIC is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (Path) Office
346 Powers Avenue
Bronx, NY 10454
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

Directions:

Subway: Take the number 6 train to the CYPRESS AVENUE stop. When you get off the train you will be on 138th Street between Jackson and Cypress Avenues. Walk one block west to CYPRESS Avenue. Turn RIGHT on CYPRESS Avenue and walk NORTH to 141st Street. Turn RIGHT onto 141st Street. Walk on 141st Street until you get to POWERS Avenue. Turn Left onto POWERS Avenue and look for #346. The Path Office will be on the RIGHT side of the street.

Bus: Take the No. 33 bus to 138th St. and Cypress Ave. When you get off the bus you will be on 138th Street between Jackson and Cypress Avenues. Walk one block WEST to CYPRESS Avenue. Turn RIGHT on CYPRESS Avenue and walk NORTH to 141st Street. Turn RIGHT onto 141st Street. Walk on 141st Street until you get to POWERS Avenue. Turn Left onto POWERS Avenue and look for #346. The Path Office will be on the RIGHT side of the street. Or take the Bx17 bus to Southern Blvd. and East 141st St. Walk three blocks WEST to POWERS AVENUE. Turn RIGHT onto POWERS Avenue and look for #346. The PATH office will be on the RIGHT side of the street.

Adult Family Intake Center(AFIC)
29th Street and 1st Avenue
Manhattan, NY 10016

Directions:
Take the 6 subway to 28th Street station. Walk east to 1st Avenue and turn left heading north to 29th street. Walk up the ramp to the AFIC entrance. By bus, you can take the M15 to 29th Street.

Dial 311 for more information.

WHAT TO BRING (back to top)

You should be aware of the paperwork you need to bring to Path for the emergency shelter application process. DHS will make copies of all documents you provide and return the originals to you.

You will need to have identification, such as a welfare ID card, green card, driver's license, passport/visa, or picture employment card. If you do not have a picture ID, you can generally use a birth certificate, social security card, Medicaid card, identity card in the public assistance system, or a pay stub to prove your identity.
In order to show that your household constitutes a family, you must:
Show that the adults in your family are listed as parent(s) on the child(ren)'s birth certificates, OR
Have legal custody of the child(ren), OR
Have filed in court or with the Department of Health for paternity, OR
Have documentation that the adults are legally married, and at least one adult is the child(ren)'s parent or guardian, OR
Show that the adults in the family have lived together for a substantial period of time and have a medical or other compelling reason why they need to live together, OR
Show a city-issued domestic partnership certificate as evidence and have lived together for at least six months.
It is also helpful to bring the following if you have it:
Eviction papers or Marshall's Notice
Proof of residence for the past 2 years
Leases
Con Edison or Telephone Bill
Pay stub, or proof of income
Do not bring:
Any contraband, alcohol, or illegal substances (smoking is not allowed in public buildings within New York City);
Expensive personal belongings (DHS is not responsible for lost or damaged goods);
Friends and visitors, or anyone not a part of your family; and/or Food;
Furniture;
Appliances; and/or
Pets.
WHAT TO EXPECT (back to top )

If your family is found eligible, you will be placed in temporary emergency housing. Shelters are run by non-profit and other organizations.

When in shelter, all clients will be expected to follow certain guidelines, which include:

Following your family's Independent Living Plan (ILP), which includes the steps you will need to follow to get permanent housing; Applying for public assistance or another type of housing subsidy; Working closely with your caseworker or housing specialist to locate and view available apartments;
Actively seeking permanent housing for you and your family by viewing available apartments several times per week;
Accepting a suitable apartment for you and your family when it is offered to you; and Following shelter guidelines that prohibit behavior that places other clients and staff at risk.
Failing to stick to these rules may have serious consequences. By working closely with shelter staff and following these and other rules, the City of New York will assist you in quickly moving from shelter to permanent housing.

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Families With Children in City Shelters Soar to Record Level

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The number of homeless families with children entering New York City shelters hit a record high last month, climbing more than 40 percent from the same period last year, according to figures released on Monday by the Department of Homeless Services.

The total number of homeless families living in the municipal shelter system at the end of last month also hit a record high of 9,720, the highest number since the city began reporting such data more than 25 years ago, according to the Coalition for the Homeless, an advocacy group that analyzed the city's monthly report on homeless services. The coalition and city officials attributed the increase to the recession. In November, 1,343 families were accepted into the shelter system, about 43 percent more than the 935 who moved into shelters in November of last year, according to data released by the department and by advocates for the homeless who analyzed city statistics.

The trend began before November. Comparisons between the fiscal years that ended on June 30, 2007, and June 30, 2008, show a 40 percent increase in homeless families and a 29 percent increase in adults who sought the refuge of the shelter system.

The Department of Homeless Services reported that 9,442 homeless families were living in the municipal shelter system on the final day of November. The coalition's figure of 9,720 includes the homeless who are living in shelters provided by the housing department and Homeless Services.

The number of homeless people living in the city's shelters has continued to climb well into the Bloomberg administration's five-year plan, announced in 2004, to cut homelessness by two-thirds.

Robert V. Hess, the commissioner of homeless services, said in a prepared statement released on Monday night that the rising number of people accommodated by the system showed its strength.

"The fact that D.H.S.'s system is withstanding the test of recent high demand through difficult economic times and harsh weather conditions is evidence that the agency has successfully reformed our infrastructure and put a solid groundwork in place," Mr. Hess said in the statement.

The city's dire financial straits have contributed to the rise in homelessness, according to a spokesman for the Coalition for the Homeless, who added that the issue could be compounded by "draconian" cuts proposed by Gov. David A. Paterson in city funds for homeless prevention.

"The recession in New York is unfortunately just beginning, but already we have surpassed the all-time record high of family homelessness in New York City," Mary Brosnahan, the executive director of the coalition, said in a statement.

The statement said that in each of the last five months, the numbers of new homeless families entering the shelter system have been the highest since the city started collecting data on the system.

Facts about Homelessness!

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DEMOGRAPHICS

Two trends are largely responsible for the rise in homelessness over the past 20-25 years: a growing shortage of affordable rental housing and a simultaneous increase in poverty. Persons living in poverty are most at risk of becoming homeless, and demographic groups who are more likely to experience poverty are also more likely to experience homelessness. Recent demographic statistics are summarized below.

AGE

In 2003, children under the age of 18 accounted for 39% of the homeless population; 42% of these children were under the age of five (National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 2004). This same study found that unaccompanied minors comprised 5% of the urban homeless population. However, in other cities and especially in rural areas, the numbers of children experiencing homelessness are much higher. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, in 2004, 25% of homeless were ages 25 to 34; the same study found percentages of homeless persons aged 55 to 64 at 6%.

GENDER

Most studies show that single homeless adults are more likely to be male than female. In 2007, a survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors found that of the population surveyed 35% of the homeless people who are members of households with children are male while 65% of these people are females. However, 67.5% of the single homeless population are males, and it is this single population that makes up 76% of the homeless populations surveyed (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2007).

FAMILIES

The number of homeless families with children has increased significantly over the past decade. Families with children are among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. In its 2007 survey of 23 American cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors found that families with children comprised 23% of the homeless population (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2007). These proportions are likely to be higher in rural areas. Research indicates that families, single mothers, and children make up the largest group of people who are homeless in rural areas (Vissing, 1996).

As the number of families experiencing homelessness rises and the number of affordable housing units shrinks, families are subject to much longer stays in the shelter system. For instance, in the mid-1990s in New York, families stayed in a shelter an average of five months before moving on to permanent housing. Today, the average stay is 5.7 months, and some surveys say the average is closer to a year (U. S. Conference of Mayors, 2007 and Santos, 2002). For more information, see our fact sheet on Homeless Families with Children.

ETHNICITY

In its 2006 survey of 25 cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayor found that the homeless population is estimated to be 42 percent African-American, 39 percent white, 13 percent Hispanic, 4 percent Native American and 2 percent Asian. (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2006). Like the total U.S. population, the ethnic makeup of homeless populations varies according to geographic location. For example, people experiencing homelessness in rural areas are much more likely to be white; homelessness among Native Americans and migrant workers is also largely a rural phenomenon (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1996).

VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Battered women who live in poverty are often forced to choose between abusive relationships and homelessness. In a study of 777 homeless parents (the majority of whom were mothers) in ten U.S. cities, 22% said they had left their last place of residence because of domestic violence (Homes for the Homeless, 1998). A 2003 survey of 100 homeless mothers in 10 locations around the country found that 25% of the women had been physically abused in the last year (American Civil Liberties Union, 2004). In addition, 50% of the 24 cities surveyed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors identified domestic violence as a primary cause of homelessness (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2005). Studying the entire country, though, reveals that the problem is even more serious. Nationally, approximately half of all women and children experiencing homelessness are fleeing domestic violence (Zorza, 1991; National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2001). For more information, see our fact sheet on Domestic Violence and Homelessness.

VETERANS

Research indicates that 40% of homeless men have served in the armed forces, as compared to 34% of the general adult male population (Rosenheck et al., 1996). In 2005, the U.S. Conference of Mayors' survey of 24 American cities found that 11% of the homeless population were veterans - however, this does not take gender into account (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2005). The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that on any given night, 271,000 veterans are homeless (National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 1994). For more information, see our fact sheet on Homeless Veterans.

PERSONS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

Approximately 16% of the single adult homeless population suffers from some form of severe and persistent mental illness (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2005). According to the Federal Task Force on Homelessness and Severe Mental Illness, only 5-7% of homeless persons with mental illness require institutionalization; most can live in the community with the appropriate supportive housing options (Federal Task Force on Homelessness and Severe Mental Illness, 1992). For more information, see our fact sheet on Mental Illness and Homelessness.

PERSONS SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION DISORDERS

Surveys of homeless populations conducted during the 1980s found consistently high rates of addiction, particularly among single men; however, recent research has called the results of those studies into question (Koegel et al., 1996). Briefly put, the studies that produced high prevalence rates greatly over represented long-term shelter users and single men, and used lifetime rather than current measures of addiction. While there is no generally accepted "magic number" with respect to the prevalence of addiction disorders among homeless adults, the U.S. Conference of Mayors' number in 2005 was 30%, and the frequently cited figure of about 65% is probably at least double the real rate for current addiction disorders among all single adults who are homeless in a year. For more information, see our fact sheet on Addiction Disorders and Homelessness.

EMPLOYMENT

Declining wages have put housing out of reach for many workers: in every state, more than the minimum wage is required to afford a one- or two-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent.1 (National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2001). In fact, in the median state a minimum-wage worker would have to work 89 hours each week to afford a two-bedroom apartment at 30% of his or her income, which is the federal definition of affordable housing (National Low Income Housing Coalition 2001). Thus, inadequate income leaves many people homeless. The U.S. Conference of Mayors' 2005 survey of 24 American cities found that 13% of the urban homeless population were employed (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2005), though recent surveys by the U.S. Conference of Mayors have reported as high as 25%. In a number of cities not surveyed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors - as well as in many states - the percentage is even higher (National Coalition for the Homeless, 1997). For more information, see our factsheets on Employment and Homelessness and Why Are People Homeless?.

IMPLICATIONS

As this fact sheet makes clear, people who become homeless do not fit one general description. However, people experiencing homelessness do have certain shared basic needs, including affordable housing, adequate incomes, and health care. Some homeless people may need additional services such as mental health or drug treatment in order to remain securely housed. All of these needs must be met to prevent and to end homelessness.

1.5 Million Unemployed?

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1.5 Million people unemployed? http://www.youtube.com/picture thehomeless If this continues the seeing people sleeping on the street will not be something uncommon, but something that will be an every day occurance. Have you asked yourself what can you do? in your area? Do you believe that homeless people are just lazy, poor, drug addicts? In new york city alone there are over 14,000 homeless children in NY and there will be plenty more. Have you checked your area?

"Sleep OUT - NYC" Against the Bloomberg's Lack of Affordable Housing.

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October 31, 2008


Dear Faith Leaders,

Picture The Homeless is a grassroots organization fighting to change polices and laws that badly affect homeless people and to end homelessness as we know it. On November 25, 2008 at 4 pm we are going to be "Sleeping Out" in front of the New York State office building. Our purpose of this sleep-out is to bring awareness to the community residents of Harlem as well as our "elected officials" that a bail out is needed for homeless people as well. Today there are over 2,000 vacant apartments in NYCHA which are being held, for what purpose we have yet to know. Today there are warehoused abandoned buildings which property owners have been allowed to just sit and remain vacant, while the community itself is in desperate need of AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

We are writing to you for your support in being awareness to the lack of AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NEW YORK CITY!
Picture The Homeless are asking of you as a faith leader of our community to help us help ourselves. Picture the Homeless ask that you take a moment out of your busy day and stop by 125th Street and 7th Avenue and support our cause of affordable housing for all New Yorkers. We ask that you extend this invitation to your parishioners as well. There is power in numbers and on November 25th we want to wake up our elected officials and let them know that "We Matter"! New York is in a State of Emergency, and Affordable Housing for All New Yorkers Must Be Addressed NOW!"
For more information please contact Sam Miller at (646) 314-6423 Picture The Homeless office.
Thank you in advance for you time and patience. Please give this matter the urgerancy it deserves. We hope to see you or someone from your congregation at this event

Sincerely,


Picture The Homeless Leader

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In 19 days Picture the Homeless is holding another sleep out protest in front of the Harlem State Office Building. Now many of you ask "why do you sleep out? and what will that change?" The sleep outs are actions and this is one our actions to let our elected officials know that New Yorkers need Affordable Housing. It's not acceptable for a mayor to tell it's residents "get a second job". If parents get a second job who wil watch and raise our children?

The quality of life in New York for the average working New Yorker has decreased 10 folds we no longer can afford housing and food and our basic needs. What will happen to us when the lay off come?

Will we be the next ones to go into the shelter system - which are turning people away on a daily basis?


PLS come join me and Picture the Homeless and let the City know that something must be done now!

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