Mission: To provide homeless families with the opportunity and support necessary to move out of the shelter and live independently.
Programs: Homes for the homeless, inc. Developed prospect family inn, saratoga family inn, and williamsbridge family inn (the "inns") to be an efficient and effective approach for how to comprehensively serve homeless families within the context of the existing shelter infrastructure. The inns combine the basic services of traditional shelters with a full range of programs designed to meet the specific needs of homeless children and their parents. The inns provide a community of opportunity where families find the classrooms, libraries, computer labs, health clinics, playgrounds, and counseling centers they will use during their time as residents. All of these on-site resources make the inns a place where parents and children can learn and grow as they embark on the path to independence.
Homes for the Homeless, Inc. runs a senior living facility called Island Shores in the borough of Staten Island. I visited the facility recently on behalf of an older friend who is ready to move to this type of facility. When the director, Lori Bowen, saw that I use a wheelchair for mobility, she refused to allow me a tour of the facility, while offering a tour to my friend, who is ambulatory. She told me that wheelchairs were not allowed at Island Shores and that, if my friend chose to live there, I would not be allowed to visit while using a wheelchair. I was appalled at the blatant discrimination, which violates both the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. Ms. Bowen was not kind in expressing her views, either, and I can only imagine how she treats the seniors who have come into the unfortunate position of living under her authority. I would not refer any friend, human or animal, to Island Shores after this experience, and I believe that funding for Homes for the Homeless should be withheld until this situation is rectified.