With the fact that in recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s, a revitalized approach to the issue is needed. Thankfully a passionate new, next generation nonprofit, Housing Solutions USA, has set out to not only combat this crisis but to set a higher standard in transitional housing.
“Last night there were 48,000 people housed in shelters in New York City and we are proud to say that we housed 5,500 of them in our 44 different locations,” said Robert Hess, Chairman and CEO of the organization. “However our goal is to not just provide beds, but to provide an environment that is welcoming, clean and orderly from the front steps to the foyer to the beds, that paired with our community partners and dedicated, friendly staff, provide an all-around turnaround center for clients to focus, regroup and leave more equipped to lead an independent, higher quality life.”
A Core Commitment to Dignity and Respect
At the organization’s core is a commitment to treat each client with dignity and respect, with this in mind the nonprofit is headquartered in one of its Manhattan shelters showing that it’s there for clients starting by when they walk in the door. With a mission to transition homeless individuals and families into their own homes with jobs to sustain them, the organization provides a range of high-quality housing services from temporary emergency to permanent supportive along with unique programming to help clients achieve self-sufficiency and has ambitious goals for the New Year and in years to come.
Setting a New Standard
“We understand that the cause of homelessness often runs deeper than the inability to pay for housing,” says President Cara Pace. “It is impacted by both income and the affordability of available housing, not to mention other causes. In recognition of this, we plan to offer additional types of housing and supportive programming to address the triggering factors at the core such as creating jobs for our clients with our partnerships, providing supportive housing and shelters for victims of domestic violence, along with other exciting projects.”
With this clear sense of what is needed and a determined overall vision, Housing Solutions USA’s plan is to further raise the bar on homeless services. A Job’s Institute where the organization will link its business partners with its clients to provide a motivated and productive workforce and enable the employees to have sufficient income to return to their own homes, creating a win-win situation for all is a goal. It also plans on expanding its services offered, including providing intensive case management, counseling, referral and supported transition to permanent housing with employment, in addition to the operation of new, permanent supportive housing programs in New York City, a veterans institute in Baltimore, and other developments.
Looking into the Future
“We take pride in our client-centered and results-driven approach and programming,” says Hess. “We are hopeful about accomplishing our mission and to further provide additional services and programs for our clients in the coming years.”
These additional services include the aforementioned supportive housing and shelters for victims of domestic violence as well as offering single room occupancies, transitional housing for veterans, additional family homeless shelters, and housing for individuals with mental illness.
A New Paradigm for the Nation
Addressing the national level where an estimated 636,000 men, women and children experience homelessness on any given night, the non-profit plans to reset the paradigm in homeless services with its new model and be a resource for communities around the country on homeless issues. It further seeks to offer technical assistance across the nation by seeking out select projects where its expertise can add value in a particular community and where it believes it can have the most impact.
Housing Solutions USA is headquartered at 316 West 95th Street, New York, NY10025. For more information, visit www.housingsolutionsusa.org or call 212-373-4600.