About Homelessness

Poverty and Homelessness

Who lives in poverty in NYC?

1 in 5 NYC Residents

1 in 3 Family Households with One Adult

*Most recent data available is for 2016 (published in April 2018) – report here

Who is homeless in NYC?

In Shelter:

61,000 People

15,000 Families

22,000 Children

*These numbers underestimate the total number of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, as they do not include people who are unsheltered or living on the street

The number of New Yorkers sleeping in homeless shelters is

76% higher than
10 years ago.

Homelessness is not an identity marker; it is a temporary economic circumstance that hundreds of thousands of New York families have experienced because their incomes do not keep pace with the rising cost of housing in our city. When a family that is already working hard and struggling to make ends meet is faced with a rent increase, domestic violence, illness, or an unexpected emergency, they are often left on the brink of disaster. It leaves them with no other option left than to live on the streets or in the shelter system.

We intervene to keep people in their homes and out of homelessness. You can help.

Here’s how:

Join The Partner For Home Campaign

Connect your home to the home of a fellow New Yorker at risk of homelessness. Donate the value of one month’s rent or mortgage over a 12 month period—like paying a 13th month of rent—so your neighbor can remain in her home, a child can remain in their neighborhood school, a family can remain in their community. Your monthly donation equals the value of 2.5 days (or 8%) of your monthly payment.

Your donation does so much more! When The Partnership provides financial assistance, we partner with corporate volunteers to provide economic empowerment: including financial advice, budgeting, and planning. Join the campaign today and make someone’s month!

2.5 extra days of rent = $


The Partnership for the Homeless is committed to building a just and equitable society and creating lasting community change through solution-oriented programs and policy initiatives that will eliminate the root causes of homelessness.

Prevention. Intervention. Support.


We are striving to create a world where housing is embraced as a human right.

Founded nearly four decades ago to provide emergency shelter through public-private partnerships, The Partnership for the Homeless has always based its work on the core belief that homelessness is an unacceptable and preventable part of the urban landscape. The Partnership prevents as many people as possible from experiencing homelessness by helping them to avert crisis and focus on long-term stability.

Our Work
The Partnership serves people throughout the five boroughs. The Partnership seeks to solve homelessness by preventing it with robust programming for New Yorkers at-risk of or experiencing homelessness — now and for future generations. Our work is putting the building blocks in place to address immediate housing needs, create stability through important health interventions, disrupt generational homelessness and change the public narrative about homelessness.

FY20 Annual Report

We believe that the best way to solve homelessness is by preventing it. Our most recent Annual Report shows our impact and the partnerships that make it possible.


Our Services Include:

Homelessness prevention is our key guiding principle and informs the work we do every day. Safe and stable housing is an absolute prerequisite for rebuilding one’s life. Our housing services include:

  • Offer financial assistance and landlord mediation to prevent the immediate loss of home and prevent future homelessness
  • Provide legal referrals
  • Support housing placement with vouchers, and a bank of available affordable apartments
  • Employment training and benefits screening
  • Connect to income support services offered at government offices and community partners

Prevent people from cycling in and out of the crisis that can lead to homelessness via the provision of basic health and well-being services and appropriate referrals

  • Connect low-income New Yorkers to therapeutic services
  • Provide classical clinical support alongside emotional
    well-being training
  • Apply a trauma-informed lens across services to identify trauma symptoms in clients
  • Referrals for primary care and long-term mental-health services
  • Provide emergency food via partnership with FEMA and local soup kitchens/food pantries

Disrupt the generational cycle of homelessness by ensuring children in shelters, or at risk of homelessness, have continuous access to school and adults have access to financial training

  • Provide financial education trainings through our corporate partners
  • Offer tenants’ rights/responsibilities workshops
  • Advocate to keep children in school and placed in shelters near their schools
  • Connect children to volunteer tutors to keep them on track at school

Work in partnership to change the public narrative about homelessness and create stronger linkages between clients and community supports

  • Engage clients as organizational advisors via quarterly Client Council meetings
  • Lead cross-sector public education campaigns to develop new narratives about homelessness that illuminate those most at-risk: women and children, LGBTQIA+, people living with disabilities, older adults, etc.
  • Establish strategic alliances with shelters, service providers and medical establishments to ensure clients receive employment support and long-term care beyond The Partnership

A Real Impact

The support you give to help us reach our goal, really does make a difference. Check out Mallory’s story below

Mallory’s 17-Month-Old Daughter Saved Her Life.

While undergoing routine medical tests during her pregnancy, doctors discovered Mallory had thyroid cancer and began treatment immediately. Tending to her health, and recovering from treatment, didn’t allow for Mallory to continue

Tragically, while Mallory healed, her husband was in a car crash and suffered a spinal injury. He too was now physically unable to work.

Medical bills mounted. Rent increased. Mallory fell behind on payments.

She went to eviction court. They lost their apartment.

Mallory and her family moved into shelter.

Immediately, Mallory and her husband began looking for affordable places to live. Navigating NYC’s complex housing market isn’t easy and is exponentially more difficult when trying to use a housing voucher.

At this point, Mallory reached out to the Partnership. Working with our Housing team, Mallory discovered that what she was experiencing was called Source of Income Discrimination – and it is illegal. Mallory learned what questions to ask when calling about an apartment, how to record what realtors and landlords said, and which legal tools are available to her to fight back.

It wasn’t easy but Mallory is an action-oriented woman and she quickly and effectively became her own advocate. With the resources and support of the Partnership, she found the perfect apartment for her family.

Tonight, she will watch her daughter run down the hallway of their apartment, she’ll lie in her bed and relax, and before drifting off to sleep, get one more moment to rejoice in her blessings.

Who We Are

Board of Directors

Andrew Crawford

Managing Director

General Atlantic

Beth Shinn

Professor, Department of Humanties & Organizational Development

Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

David J. Woll


Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Jennifer Cohan

President, NY


Jennifer Mantini

Transaction Services

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Jeremy Feigelson (Chair)


Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Áine Duggan

President and CEO

The Partnership For The Homeless


Áine Duggan

President & CEO

Edgar Vanegas


Marcy Mirkin

Human Resources



Gail Cooper

Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer

Madelyn Chapman

Chief of Staff

Anna Eckert-Kramer

Health & Wellness Coordinator

Jin Choi

Development Coordinator

Gabrielle Lee

Community Partnerships Manager

Volunteers and Interns

Geminique O'Meally



Arnold S. Cohen

President and CEO

Donald H. Layton

Board of Directors (Chair)