Nazareth Housing is among the latest cohort of service providers selected by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) to provide homelessness prevention services through the Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEHP) to families and individuals at high risk of homelessness. NH is one of 67 organizations from throughout New York State to receive an award in the highly competitive process, and one of only 18 service providers working in New York City.
“We have an obligation to extend a helping hand to those at risk of losing, or who have already lost, their housing,” OTDA Commissioner Mike Hein said. “The Solutions to End Homelessness Program provides vital support to organizations that are helping so many New Yorkers overcome housing instability.”
Established in 2012, the STEHP program helps New Yorkers avoid eviction, secure permanent housing, and receive services that can help them on the path to stability. Program funding can be used for street outreach to help those experiencing homelessness receive assistance; supportive services or operating expenses at emergency drop-in centers or overnight shelters; certain costs associated with transitional housing; and rapid rehousing for homeless families or individuals or survivors of domestic violence. The grants can also fund programs designed to prevent homelessness by assisting eligible persons and families in maintaining their permanent housing.
“[This award] is a huge vote of confidence in the power of our vision, our CBO model and the importance of the work we do.”Mary Kay Orr, Nazareth Housing Executive Director
Nazareth Housing’s STEHP contract will support the Housing Stability Support Project (HSSP), our comprehensive homelessness prevention program, from 2019 to 2024. Under the program, clients at risk of homelessness will work with NH case managers to develop action plans, stabilize their housing, and strengthen their economic foundations to avoid homelessness in the future. Critically, the contract will support the expansion and enhancement of HSSP programming at Park Avenue Thorpe HDFC, our Bronx community center. Approximately 1,500 New Yorkers at risk of homelessness will receive services through the contract each year – or 7,500 total over five years.
“[This award] is a huge vote of confidence in the power of our vision, our CBO model and the importance of the work we do,” Nazareth Housing Executive Director Mary Kay Orr said.
To read OTDA’s press release and to see a full list of STEHP recipients, click here.