Tuesday, March 10, 2009

30% Reduction in Street Homelessness in NYC

Hi everybody,

I wanted to share the exciting news that NYC reduced homelessness by 30% over the last year, and nearly 50% since 2005 when we first began doing a point in time count citywide.  I am particularly thrilled to report that 3 of the 5 boroughs of NYC -- the Bronx, Brooklyn & Queens -- achieved over a 2/3rds reduction in street homelessness since 2005.  Street homelessness is down 72% in the Bronx -- WOW!  To get all the details, click here.

I wanted to congratulate the AMAZING outreach providers in NYC - Citizen's Advice Bureau, Common Ground, Goddard Riverside and Project Hospitality -- along with the street homelessness solutions team at DHS, and all of our other partners throughout the City.   This was an incredible effort that involved a lot of teamwork and collaboration.   

If anybody would like to hear more about our street census reductions, please feel free to give me a ring at 212-361-0615 or jrudin@dhs.nyc.gov.  I'm very excited to be part of the Vulnerability Index blog community and look forward to sharing best practices and learning with all of you.

Jody Rudin (NYC Department of Homeless Services) 

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