Homeless Families

Homelessness in New York City has reached record highs, with over 60,000 people living in shelters on any given night. The startling reality is that 75% of the shelter population is families with children with no place to call home.

To help respond to this crisis, in 2016 URI began providing support and services to homeless families.Today, URI runs three shelters housing 217 families on any given night.

Our Approach: Our social service teams assess each family’s circumstance and work with them to identify the specific support they need. We help families create individual living plans and housing exit strategies, and we provide comprehensive and continuous case management and support so that residents can stay on track and meet their goals.

We have housing specialists who connect families to landlords; social workers who counsel clients who need support; education specialist who work with the Board of Education to get children into neighborhoods school if needed, and tutors who hold afternoon homework sessions to help children who struggle academically.

Finding affordable housing in NYC is already a daunting challenge, so URI housing specialists work double-duty to ensure that residents are as well positioned as possible to secure homes for their families. They make sure clients have all necessary documentation; conduct mock interviews to prepare them for meetings with landlords and real estate management companies; assist with appropriate attire for interviews, and provide transportation to and from meetings.