New York City Homelessness Prevention Efforts

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Best Practice | August 11, 2006

New York City is prioritizing the development of new strategies and resources to help prevent homelessness among families. Among the innovative efforts underway are enhancing homelessness prevention efforts in communities from which a disproportionate number of families become homeless and investing in research efforts to examine why family homelessness is so prevalent in those neighborhoods. Because of the substantial efforts NYC is investing in preventing family homelessness, this webpage will be periodically updated as new information and resources become available.

New York City Family Homelessness Master Panel
Family Homelessness Prevention Report

On November 12, 2003, the New York City Family Homelessness Special Master Panel issued findings and recommendations regarding steps New York City should take to prevent homelessness among families. The Panel was created by a New York State Supreme Court Order as part of a settlement agreement between The Legal Aid Society and the City of New York and the New York City Department of Homeless Services. The independent panel is charged with evaluating the family homelessness system and putting forth recommendations for its improvement. In developing these recommendations, the Panel met with local and national experts on homelessness, community based organizations working with families at risk of homelessness, city agency personnel, and conducted focus groups with families who have experienced homelessness.