Nazareth Housing, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 519 E 11th St New York NY 10009 USA

Mission:   Mission Statement of Nazareth Housing Our Vision To empower individuals and families to overcome barriers to safe and secure housing  Our Mission 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 shelterHomelessness prevention servicesSelf-sufficiency educationSupportive housingYouth programming  Our Values We believe in:CompassionFamily Well-beingResponsibilityIntegrity Self-SufficiencyThe 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.  
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: 2477 un-duplicated 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

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

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.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff is extremely professional, caring and hard-working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide more housing for those in need and make a huge difference in the lives of countless New Yorkers.

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About every six months

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2009-10-01

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8 people found this review helpful

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.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, generous, sincere and efficient.

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One time

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2009-11-01

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9 people found this review helpful

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.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

meet needs more easily; e.g. not have to send a client to 3 or 4 additional agencies in order to cover rent arrears. Nazareth could do more work in securing and preserving affordable housing.

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About every month

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2009-12-01

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7 people found this review helpful

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.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help thousands of more families like they help mines.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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10 people found this review helpful

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.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

there dedication.

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About every month

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2007-3-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how families have been fed on a daily basis and witnessing the transition from living in transitional housing to moving into permanent housing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The way they care for the families they serve. Not only do they make sure that the needs of the families are met, they also follow-up with them once they have moved on into permanent housing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

People with compassion who truly understand the needs of the homeless

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spread their knowledge and expertise on a national level. They could also make sure that more families who are homeless, have a safe and clean environment to go to for food and shelter.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-9-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff is extraordinary. They are friendly, warm and enthusiastic. This is very important because people need to be welcomed and embraced and given a human connection before they can accept support, move forward and reclaim their lives.

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About every six months

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2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how children react when adult listen to their dreams and care about what they have to say.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling that we are making a difference, one kid at a time.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard-working, caring, and tough when necessary.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring so many in from the cold and help them to find the way toward self-sufficiency.

Ways to make it better...

some of the case workers had stayed on rather than move on to other things. I think this is because of limited funding and the agency not being able to pay well enough. They do what they can, but I've seen some great people move on and that's sad.

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One thing I'd also say is that...

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About every month

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2009-10-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I know the director. His integrity and drive helps Nazareth Housing, Inc. be a worthy charity because they are teaching people how to be an active and contributing part of the community.

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About once a year

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2009-10-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing personal testimonies of those served through Nazareth Housing and the way it has changed their lives.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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