It’s Actually the Perfect Time for City Government to Invest in Housing
May 21, 2020 | by Ted Houghton
Transforming New York's Response to Homelessness
A Model Program Pilot
Read the Report
A brief report on the implementation of Gateway Housing’s Attendance Matters initiative, a quasi-experimental program pilot to improve the school attendance of homeless children, launched in a small number of nonprofit-operated family shelters in New York City in July 2018, and concluding when the Coronavirus pandemic closed schools in March 2020.
Gateway Housing will initiate a fundamental shift away from New York’s current “one-size-fits-all” emergency homeless response.
Gateway’s comprehensive, anti-poverty approach will: improve a shelter system badly in need of repair; create new permanent affordable housing units; and strengthen neighborhoods with new on-site community-based supports.
Our Initiative will achieve 5 complementary goals:
Develop New Financing Models
Apply innovative and efficient financing models to transitional housing.
Expand Transitional Capacity
Expand current shelter capacity and create high quality transitional housing.
Improve and evaluate the effectiveness of services in transitional housing.
Increase Affordable Housing
Increase the supply of permanent affordable housing units.
Create needed community amenities that strengthen neighborhoods.
The best way to do this is to devote a larger share of the city’s affordable housing production to homeless households. It will not be easy, and it will not come cheap. But we cannot afford to stand pat…