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Emergency Housing Vouchers: Update

Kathryn Cardone, Data Analyst Specialist September 30, 2022 was the federal government’s deadline for submitting Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs). HELP USA continues to assist clients with outstanding applications and approved vouchers. A total of 102 HELP submitted family and single shelters applications are pending approval.  HELP staff is actively working to secure housing for the …

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What are the provisions in a New York City Council domestic violence survivor housing stability legislation?

Ashwin Parulkar, Senior Research Specialist On October 27, 2022, City Council passed a bill (Int 0153-2022) that formalizes a housing stability program for survivors of domestic violence. Mayor Adams signed the bill into law on November 22, 2022.   HELP USA wrote a policy brief that analyzed the literature on domestic violence programs and provisions in …

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What are the causes of shelter entry among single-adults and families?

Ashwin Parulkar, Senior Research Specialist Daniel C. Farrell, Senior Vice President, Homeless Prevention, Diversion and Research A HELP USA literature review analyzed the causes of homelessness, in urban America and NYC,  and the pathways into NYC’s shelter system among single adults and families, respectively. The review found that most of NYC’s shelter clients are native …

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How should we design substance use programs in our shelters to respond to the dynamics of overdose and socio-economic drivers of addiction?

Ashwin Parulkar, Senior Research Specialist According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, overdose has been the leading cause of death among people experiencing homelessness in the city since 2014. Our previous newsletter reported initial findings from a HELP USA  study that we conducted in two single adult shelters.  It examined …

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Who are the migrants in HELP USA shelters? How many are currently in the system, where do they come from and what are their urgent needs?

Ashwin Parulkar, Senior Research Specialist Kathryn Cardone, Data Analyst Specialist HELP USA has been tracking the numbers of undocumented migrants from the Southern border that have been entering, and moving within, our shelters since August 2022. At that time, 150 undocumented migrants lived in HELP family shelters, and 61 in HELP single shelters.  By November, …

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Evaluating New York City’s Domestic Violence Survivor Housing Stability Legislation (Int. 0153-2022)

Ashwin Parulkar, Senior Research Specialist On March 18, 2022, City Council tabled a bill which intends to formalize a housing stability program for survivors of domestic violence by ensuring ‘low-barrier’ financial assistance[1] and counseling, health, housing, and legal services to survivors who earn gross annual incomes less than 300 percent of the federal poverty line. …

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Why Substance Use Services Are Needed In Shelters To Address Client Addictions Before The Crisis Of Overdose Occurs:

Examining HELP USA shelter client histories & addiction patterns, their experiences with recovery programs, and the challenges to and potential solutions for an effective shelter-based substance use program Overdose remains the leading cause of death in the homeless population. HELP USA’s Research team, applied the grounded theory method (Charmaz, 2006; Urquhart, 2013) to life history …

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