How We Help
While the majority of our clients are referred to us by government agencies, we also engage homeless and at-risk individuals and families in the community so that we may help them achieve housing stability.
We operate dozens of residential programs that provide these men, women and families with a supportive, service-rich environment in which to seek employment, further their education, secure benefits to which they are entitled and regain their footing.
Our continuum of care includes:
Outreach teams engage people at JFK and LaGuardia Airports who appear homeless. Our skilled workers build a rapport with these people and assess their needs, with the goal of convincing these men and women to accept our help. We also conduct outreach to homeless and at-risk veterans and their families through our Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
While permanent housing, often coupled with supportive services, is the best way to end homelessness, many individuals and families need short-term stabilization before they can find housing that will meet their long term needs. Volunteers of America-Greater New York operates shelters for adults who are in need of immediate shelter, allowing our staff to assess the reasons for their homelessness and determine the services for which these men and women are eligible.
We operate our transitional housing programs with one goal in mind — to help individuals and families obtain permanent housing as quickly as possible. Our programs serve diverse populations — from women and children who are victims of domestic violence to homeless veterans who have spent years living on the streets.
Permanent Supportive Housing
For many homeless people with physical or behavioral health challenges, possibly coupled with substance use issues, permanent housing paired with intensive support services may prevent chronic homelessness.
The need for affordable housing and supportive services continues to grow, and Volunteers of America-Greater New York continues to respond by providing safe, supportive environments for some of the city's most vulnerable residents.
Individuals and families may enter the continuum at any point.
Programs in Northern New Jersey
Volunteers of America-Greater New York operates residential programs in Northern New Jersey for at-risk youth and adults with behavioral health issues. Click here to learn more about our Northern New Jersey programs.