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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Housing Expense Reduction Support

Mission: Nazareth Housing is committed to the promotion of housing stability and economic independence among low income families and individuals of New York City, through the provision of:

  • Homelessness prevention services
  • Emergency Family shelter
  • Supportive housing
  • Urgent needs assistance
We believe in:
  • Self-Sufficiency
  • Responsibility
  • Well-being
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Compassion

Results: 1. In June of 2008, Nazareth Housing was recognized by the NYC Department of Homeless Services as the best family shelter provider for a shelter under 100 beds and has been rated in the top 10 family shelter providers for NYC since 2006. Currently we provide 13 units of transitional and 40 of permanent housing, as well as extensive homelessness prevention programming and case work.  Currently, Nazareth Housing is placing 220% of our goals of families from shelter into permanent housing.  These families receive follow up services for 2 years.  This intensive case management model has resulted in recidivism to homelessness of less than 5% since 2006.  The success of our work with homeless families has led the City Department of Homeless Services to ask us to increase our shelter provision and expand services in 2010. We anticipate adding 34 to 60 units of transitional shelter in 2010 to provide transitional housing for 170 adults and children. 2. Of the 1600 families that sought our assistance to retain and stabilize their housing, only one family needed to enter the shelter system.  65 families received direct financial assistance to retain housing and 40 received assistance to maintain their utilities. The remaining households received financial counseling, free tax filing, landlord advocacy, case management and referrals for legal, medical and other services not directly provided by our agency. 160 households received free furniture and household items in the past 12 months 5.  In 2009 we provided 732 Fillings (32 over our goal of 700) ●Average return per filer $1,844 ●Total Refunds: $751,251 ●Average EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) per filer:  $1,479 ●174 customers received medium touch financial coaching (e.g. opening a interest bearing bond, savings account, etc) (104 over our goal of 70)

Target demographics: prevent and end homelessness for low income families, seniors, and individuals

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6,723 individuals through intensive case management, urgent needs assistance, financial literacy, and educational workshops.

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: Nazareth housing promotes housing stability and economic independence among poor families and youth of new york city by providing, supportive and affordable housing, emergency family shelter and homelessness prevention services. Emergency shelter housing provides temporary shelter to homeless families with dependent children in units in the lower east side and harlem. It includes a broad array of supportive services for all family members including case management, financial strengthening and personal development programs. Homelessness prevention strives to keep households from losing housing, build economic resources and remain stably housed. Prevention includes arrears assistance, furniture, food and urgent needs assistance.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nazareth Housing is a truly impressive organization. The staff members are all extremely hardest-working, diligent and compassionate and the high degree of concern and care they have for their clients is noteworthy. As an example, they accompany their clients as they visit apartments and look for permanent housing.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nazareth Housing and its staff are 100% committed to fight homelessness. I came upon this organization through Mr. Callaghan, the director. He is sincere in his mission and I am glad to be a supporter especially in this difficult time.

9

Donor

Rating: 5

I've occasionally recommended neighbors for rent assistance. It's been women who have had temporary difficulty. I've also sent women, immigrants, who've needed help with transportation costs due to family situations that required their presence.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a postive experience with the staff of Nazareth Housing, I now refer other people in need of not only financial assitance, but other services to nazareth Housing.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Nazareth Housing about two years ago with my mother. We had no place to live in New York and were unable to return to Puerto Rico because my mother needed medical attention. Doctors did not want my mother to travel. It was a very difficult time for my mother and myself. During this time we found a place to live in temporary at Nazareth Housing. They helped us through the toughest times of our life. After months and months of navigating the shelter system the staff helped us become eligible for shelter and shortly afterwards we moved out into our own apartment. Thank you Nazareth Housing for showing us compassion and love.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with Nazareth Housing has been one that I treasure. I was once homeless myself, many years ago and I know all too well the heartfelt despair that one feels when you do not have a home to call your own. However, Nazareth Housing is an organization that truly puts the needs of their clients first. They do not waste any time making sure that the needs of their clients are met. They go beyond their call to make sure that families gets food, shelter and human services on a daily basis. They are clean and productive and I am very happy to know that such an organization exists and that they are meeting the needs of the people they serve.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

When I was first introduced to Nazareth Housing many years ago, Sister Marion Agnes, its founder touched my heart. Her vision and commitment to fulfilling that vision is awe inspiring. Since then I have continued my support because the staff has continued to fulfill that vision and inspire me with their amazingly effective program. The people reached and served are lifted and supported with housing and food and education (and more) but, maybe more importantly are welcomed with warmth and love. They are nurtured and respected and stay in touch with staff even after their first year. I have tried to do may part by providing Christmas Gifts, books for the reading program and raising funds to buy food certificates and metro tickets and spreading the word about these wonderful people and their highly effective program. I am blessed to be a part of the Nazareth Housing family.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I team-lead the Read to Me project at Nazareth Housing. Volunteers from New York Cares show up each month to take the children to the public library. Afterward, we return to the shelter for crafts and more reading. I've worked with them for more than five years and they are wonderful, caring people who do so much with every resource available to them.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Nazareth Housing, Inc. is one of my charities of choice. In these economic times we all think twice before giving. What I hear and read about this charity is that it is helping people regain dignity and respect and teaching them to give back to the community.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked closely with the NH implementing programs to work with familes such as Financial Literacy, Job Skills Training, Women's Cancer Prevention, and Health & Wellness workshops. This was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had to date as a volunteer in NYC. I am a member of the New York Junior League and have volunteered at numerous organizations...to date I must say NH is a one of a kind organizations who truly care about those they serve.