Nazareth Housing, Inc. Overview
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2477 unduplicated households & 4427 individuals were provided a variety of services to increase housing independence, family and financial stability and support education and wellbeing of children and youth from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009.
Geographic areas served: New York City
Programs: We work with each residential family to develop an independent living plan. Individual needs are determined. One-on-one counseling provides help to families with little to no other supports in their lives. Clients are referred to specialized agencies for food and clothing needs; family problems such as sexual abuse and domestic violence; vocational counseling and job training; higher education, child care and health needs.Nazareth 's Social Workers help clients to develop life skills in areas such as parenting, nutrition, family planning and money management. Head of households are counseled about job readiness and the next steps toward employment. A Housing Specialist works with each family to help them qualify for housing subsidies and find adequate permanent housing. Nazareth Housings recreation activities and holiday celebrations strive to promote family unity.Once linked to permanent apartments, Nazareth's furniture donation service provides each family the necessities to set up a new living environment.Walk-in clients often seek emergency relief from Nazareth for needs such as eviction avoidance or funeral expenses. A high proportion of walk-in clients seek housing assistance.Nazareth Housing manages and maintains one building of 14 apartments as well as maintaining 17 scattered site apartments. Of these 31 units in Nazareth's program, 27 provide limited supportive services as part of permanent housing and 7 provide full supportive services to 9 families in temporary shelter.
Mission Statement of Nazareth Housing
To empower individuals and families to overcome barriers to safe and secure housing
Nazareth Housing is committed to the promotion of housing stability and economic independence among poor families and youth of New York City, through the provision of:
- Transitional shelter
- Homelessness prevention services
- Self-sufficiency education
- Supportive housing
- Youth programming
We believe in:
- Family Well-being
The mission of*The mission of The Nazareth Housing has never been more important or critical to low income households, seniors and others struggling with housing stability. New York City has experienced a 64% increase in homelessness since 2008. Nazareth housing has increased the number of households we serve, primarily in homelessness prevention and economic stabilization by 400% since 2006. Through emergency family shelter we provide 46 households safe haven each night while working to help them back to self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
The vast majority of the nearly 3,000 households we serve each year are in prevention and self-sufficiency building programs and services. These services include assistance for rental, utility and medical arrears, urgent need for food, clothing and furniture, housing counseling and advocacy, financial literacy, counseling and debt reduction. In 2009, Nazareth Housing provided over 300 workshops for our adult clients covering an array of developmental areas. Children receive special programming to ameliorate the effects of poverty and housing instability on their self-esteem and educational development. We provide youth programs in: computers, reading enhancement, chess, environmental education, financial literacy and art.
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)