Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter

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National Coalition for Shelter: Helping New Yorkers Find Their Way Home

Programs & Services

NCS provides housing and supportive services to homeless and formerly homeless single adults and to youth, ages 18-25, who are aging out of foster care or are homeless. Our core expertise is in serving the most difficult to engage and house New Yorkers—men and women who have been homeless for long periods of time and who face complex challenges, such as mental illness and chemical addiction, that make it difficult for them to seek out or receive support. In addition to providing housing, NCS has a dedicated and caring staff that assists individuals in their journey to independent living through counseling and treatment, educational and vocational training, job placement and financial education. NCS's over 30 years of experience and its progressive research helps to better understand the root causes of homelessness, improve service delivery, and advance our mission to prevent and ultimately end homelessness.



NCS Residence
a long-term, supportive housing facility, which is home to 65 formerly homeless New Yorkers

Louis Nine House
supportive housing for 46 young adults who are homeless or aging out of foster care


Chance for Change
a state-licensed chemical dependency treatment program designed to serve homeless men and women

a vocational and educational program that helps men, women and young adults find and keep jobs.

NCS Research Program
seeks to identify the characteristics of chronically homeless adults to continually improve engagement strategies for serving this population

Information and Referral Services

CHIRP (Community Human Services Information and Referral Program)

Meal Program Services
Our staff provides information and referrals to homeless and low-income individuals at five free Manhattan meal programs on the Upper East Side.

Street Sheets
These pocket-sized local resource directories contain a wealth of valuable information from multi-service centers to meal services and everything in between. At meal program sites and elsewhere in the community, we distribute pocket-sized local resource directories. See one here.


NCS Residence

The NCS Residence, a long-term, supportive housing facility on East 81st Street in Manhattan, houses 65 formerly homeless men and women, the majority of whom are mentally ill and have been chronically homeless.

A 24-hour onsite staff provides a full range of services and programs to enhance and support residents’ independent living. Services include case management, psychiatric counseling, money management, vocational and educational training, meals and recreational activities.

In 2006, NCS completed a substantial renovation of the Residence. In addition to the refurbishment of the entire building, the renovation added a seventh-floor activity room and adjoining rooftop garden, as well as a lower-level tenant lounge, training kitchen and dining area, where many volunteer-led and other shared activities take place. These shared spaces and programs contribute to the sense of community so important to our residents. For information on the NCS Residence, please contact Margarita Ramos at or call (917) 677-4460.

Louis Nine House

Louis Nine House, located in the Bronx, has 46 studio apartments for young adults who are homeless or aging out of foster care. Louis Nine House provides affordable housing and an integrated continuum of support services designed to help young adults, aged 18-25, achieve stability, maintain sobriety, and work towards the self-sufficiency needed to obtain and sustain permanent housing and independent lives. At Louis Nine, we also offer Aim High with the Arts (AHA!), an arts program that helps lead residents to engage in personal and professional development activities. For information about Louis Nine House or referrals for housing, please contact Tracie Williams at or call (917) 477-2470.


Man at Homeless Shelter

Chance for Change

At the NCS Chance for Change Medically Supervised Chemical Dependency Outpatient Program, located at The Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, we provide effective treatment for individuals who are faced with substance use issues. The program also helps these individuals manage other life areas such as mental illness, chronic medical conditions, homelessness, unemployment and other life stressors. Although addiction may include a chronic relapsing condition, we believe change and positive growth are possible. Our clinic staff are trained chemical dependency clinicians and mental health professionals who utilize evidence-based practices to assist clients to realize their full potential and work toward healthy change through recovery. Our holistic, trauma informed and harm reduction approaches connect with each individual’s desire to change in a collaborative, respectful and empathic environment. For information and referrals, contact Anthony Mills: or call (917) 677-0723.


NCS's vocational and educational program that helps those with little or no employment history and significant barriers to employment find and keep entry-level jobs. We assess each participant's skills and interests and help them to identify and pursue a career track that can provide a living wage and growth over time. Resources available to participants include GED support; soft skills training, job search, referrals to job training, interview preparation, and r�sum� building assistance; and, supported employment placements. As keeping the job is often a greater barrier than landing the job for our participants, the holistic approach we employ addresses difficulties with social skills and workplace expectations, anger management, learning disabilities, managing routine stress and anxiety, and fear of failure that often undermine our clients' workplace experiences. NCS builds relationships with local employers to place our clients in jobs and then we work with both the client and the employer to help our youth overcome obstacles and ensure long-term success. For information on OPTIONS educational and vocational training programs, please contact Robert Yancey: or call (917) 477-2470.

Community Human Services Information and Referral Program


Our Community Human Services Information and Referral Program (CHIRP) provides information, referral and crisis intervention services to homeless men and women and those and at risk of homelessness at five free meal programs in Manhattan: Church of the Epiphany, Jan Hus Presbyterian Church, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York Common Pantry, and St. James' Church. Last year, CHIRP connected more than 600 homeless and at-risk New Yorkers with emergency and other needed human services. For more information on CHIRP, please contact Robert Yancey at or (212) 537-5170.

Street Sheets

These pocket-sized sheets contain a wealth of valuable information from multi-service centers to meal services and everything in between. At CHIRP meal program sites and elsewhere in the community, we have distributed over 10,000 “Street Sheets.” Click here for more information.


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