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Programs for Homeless Families

Urban Resource Institute’s dedicated team provides client-centered services to help families experiencing homelessness recuperate and attain stability.

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

URI operates transitional housing for homeless families at six sites across NYC, with the capacity to shelter nearly 1,000 individuals each night in apartment style residences. We also provide comprehensive services to break cycles of homelessness.

URI was recognized by The City of New York for its commitment to ending domestic violence and homelessness

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Our Approach: Our homeless family services teams assess each family’s circumstance and work with them to identify the specific support they need. We help homeless 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.

Lindsay, former client of URI Programs for Homeless Families, is a testament to the power of commitment and hard work. With the help of URI, combined with her dedication to keeping her family together and becoming financially independent, Lindsay triumphed over homelessness.

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