2009 Report: 15,000 Youth are Homeless in New York City: The Children's Aid Society's Housing Programs Fight Back!

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This spring the Coalition for the Homeless released its annual "State of the Homeless 2009" report, an assessment of homelessness in New York City. The report finds that there are currently more than 36,000 homeless New Yorkers sleeping in municipal shelters each night - including an astonishing 15,500 children. The report states that high unemployment and rising housing costs were major factors that led to a serious increase in families ending up in shelters in 2008 and in the first quarter of 2009.

It was the homelessness of impoverished children who lived on the streets of New York City that helped propel Charles Loring Brace, founder of The Children's Aid Society, to action in 1853. Today, more than 150 years later, The Children's Aid Society in New York still believes that every child belongs with a family in a safe place that he or she can call home. We provide many services for housing youth and their families, including:

  • The Carmel Hill Project provides social services to residents in three renovated apartment buildings on West 118th Street.
  • Children's Aid Society's Pelham Fritz Apartments, provide apartments for homeless families on the road to permanent housing.
  • The Children's Aid Society's Office of Public Policy and Client Advocacy helps families resolve housing issues by providing legal and financial assistance.

According to the Coalition for the Homeless' report, data from the past two New York City recessions points to continued growth of unemployment and high housing costs, which will increase homelessness in New York City throughout 2009. With growing need,The Children's Aid Society's programs are more critical than ever.