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
Help us give homeless children books so they can keep learning during coronavirus social distancing
For the past two years, Gateway Housing's Attendance Matters initiative has helped hundreds of New York City's homeless children improve their attendance and get to school. But with the coronavirus crisis closing New York's schools, Gateway is now working to bring school to homeless children, by helping children in shelters connect to remote learning, offering tutoring and other supports, and providing them with books and educational materials.
A donation to Gateway today will help provide books and other educational materials and equipment for NYC's homeless children that they can keep for themselves, with 100% of your donation going to pay for the cost of the books and supplies.
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…