Using a Neighborhood-Based Strategy to Prevent Homelessness in New York City

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Audio | October 24, 2007

This audio conference highlighted New York City’s HomeBase program, which targets neighborhoods where high numbers of households enter the shelter system.  Six community-based organizations have adopted strategies to help families in those neighborhoods retain housing.  The organizations also help doubled-up families access new housing, thus averting shelter stays. The organizations are provided a great deal of flexibility in how financial and service resources are utilized to help families to facilitate innovation and on-the-ground problem-solving.  While the HomeBase program is still new, outcomes appear promising. The number of families entering the shelter system from the HomeBase neighborhoods declined by 14 percent in the first nine months of 2005 compared to same period the prior year. This decrease surpassed trends in the rest of the city, which experienced a 9 percent decline.