Congress established a regular women’s component in all branches of the armed forces in 1948 but capped women’s participation at 2 percent of the total force. This kept the numbers of female veterans proportionally low until the cap was lifted incrementally, beginning in 1973, to enable the creation of an all-volunteer force. Women now make up 20 percent of new recruits, 15 percent of the active-duty force and 18 percent of the reserve and National Guard. Almost 280,000 women have served in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. More than 2 million veterans — about 9 percent of the total veteran population of 21 million — are women.
The Coalition’s Eviction Prevention Program saves more than 800 households each year from the trauma of homelessness — keeping them in their own homes and out of the shelter system.
The best way to reduce homelessness is to prevent it in the first place. The Coalition’s Eviction Prevention Program rescues those who have been pushed to the brink of homelessness by unforeseen hardships and limited resources. Many have been laid off, but are now working again. Others have suffered medical emergencies, but are now recovering. Unfortunately, stretches of unemployment or stacks of medical bills leave many too far behind in rent to catch up on their own.
Our Eviction Prevention Hotline is open every Wednesday and receives far more calls from people in crisis than our funding can be stretched to help. We offer one-time grants of $1,000 (on average) to those who can demonstrate the ability to pay their rent going forward, and we leverage any additional funds needed for the arrears from government agencies and other non-profits.
The Coalition is one of the only organizations offering citywide eviction prevention intake, and one of only a handful with consistent funding for grants. The few agencies that do have secured funding often don’t accept new clients, instead taking only referrals from other agencies — significantly limiting access to those most in need. Because budget cuts have forced many other non-profits to reduce or shut down their own EP programs, we have even fewer options to help us with the growing number of families on the brink of homelessness.
has been a singular refuge, where anyone in New York who is homeless, on the brink of homelessness or struggling to survive can receive immediate help from our experienced and dedicated frontline staff. The program provides a full spectrum of services and support to up to 50 households per day, including access to decent emergency shelter, obtaining food stamps and other vital benefits, and longer-term assistance to secure housing.
Navigating the NYC shelter system can be a full-time job in itself, and too many are wrongly turned away for lack of proper documentation or because shelter workers believe applicants have somewhere else to stay. Our caseworkers use their unique expertise in homelessness and the complex details of the NYC shelter system to ensure that everyone who needs shelter gets the proper help.
Crisis Intervention’s Child Advocate works specifically with homeless families with kids who are wrongfully denied shelter, and successfully stabilizes hundreds of families in crisis each year.
Crisis Intervention’s lack of any barrier to entry and its highly trained and compassionate staff truly make it a critical safety net for those among us in greatest need.
The Crisis Intervention Program operates Monday – Friday on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please arrive at the Coalition no later than 8:00 a.m. if you would like to see a case manager.
We help roughly 12,000 men, women and children per year with issues like:
Many members of the homeless population have to combat barriers that can be almost insurmountable in such a competitive environment. Such employment barriers include:
Low educational attainment levels
Having young children with no access to child care
Limited or no past work experience or marketable job skills
Mental health or substance abuse problems
Chronic health problems or disability
Lack of access to transportation
Bad credit (which can make both finding a job and a house difficult)
These barriers can decrease the types of employment available to an individual. Lack of access to technology also serves as a disadvantage for the homeless individuals searching for work. In this job market, some knowledge of computers and technology is essential for every field. Mainstream employment programs, where the homeless are a minority population, may meet some basic needs of some homeless individuals, but they struggle to encourage employment or provide adequate income and support. According to an evaluation of the Job Training for the Homeless Demonstration Program (JTHDP), successful employment programs provide access to a wide variety of services, including housing, and assistence to help homeless individuals overcome employment barriers. The evaluation concluded that for employment programs to be most successful, they must directly target homeless individuals or those at risk of becoming homeless.
Veterans served our country well. You can help honor their service – and benefit your business - by employing them. Veterans have a proven track record of dependability, teamwork, and individual problem solving from their military experience that can be put to work in your organization. Hiring service-connected Veterans could also qualify you for sizable tax benefits and other incentives from the federal government. Providing jobs for homeless Veterans is one of the most important things you can do to help those who served our country.
For more information about how to hire America’s Veterans, Make the Call. Contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline at 1-877-4AID-VET. A trained VA representative will be available to help you. Benefit a Veteran – benefit your business.