Programs & Financials
The Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter (NCS) is dedicated to providing housing and support that can transform lives.
Current Programs and Accomplishments
Year Ended June 30, 2018
The Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter (NCS) is dedicated to providing housing and support that can transform the lives of New Yorkers who are currently, formerly or at-risk of becoming homeless.
NCS currently serves more than 900 clients yearly, many of whom have needs that cannot be met in other settings due to mental illness, addiction, trauma, and other disorders that hamper personal development and independent living. Our holistic approach to the complex problems of each of our clients has effectively assisted individuals who have been unsuccessful in other settings or were left untreated and at the margins of society.
NCS was founded in 1982 by faith, civic, and community leaders on the Upper East Side of Manhattan who came together to find a solution to homelessness inspired by the belief that homelessness is the responsibility of the entire community. More than thirty-five years later, NCS still provides housing and supportive services on the Upper East Side. These programs, as well as newer offerings in the Bronx, operate under the same key principles at all locations: high- quality, compassionate, client-centric individualized support. We aim to address the root causes of homelessness and eliminate barriers to service, treatment, and personal growth that often perpetuate homelessness.
The NCS Residence our single room occupancy (SRO) residence on Manhattan’s East 81st Street, houses formerly homeless men and women, most of whom suffer from significant mental illness.
Our residents’ health and wellness have been seriously affected by extreme poverty, homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, poor nutrition, smoking, and trauma. Many of our older tenants experience difficulties with activities of daily living (ADL) such as bathing, feeding, and dressing. All of these issues, especially for our older residents, require ongoing monitoring and attention by an on-site professional staff that includes social workers, case managers, a recreational counselor, and part-time psychiatrist, as well as caregivers arranged by NCS.
Residents also enjoy common areas for activities and meals, including a training kitchen and dining area, a TV lounge, and rooftop atrium, terrace and garden.
Number of FY18 clients: 67.
Louis Nine House (LNH) in the Bronx is a residence for young adults who were (or were at risk of becoming) homeless, many of whom have aged out of foster care.
Many of our tenants have experienced multiple foster care placements, emotional trauma, neglect and/or abuse. Mental illness and addictive tendencies are often untreated and exacerbated by their childhood experiences. Without a system of support, these young people are ill- prepared to transition to adulthood. Fortunately, there is Louis Nine House, where tenants are supported to advance their personal development, resume their education, identify career interests, acquire vocational skills, secure jobs, and prepare for more independent housing.
Among other programs, LNH boasts a powerful arts initiative, AHA! (Aim High with the Arts!), that has proven successful engaging some of our most disengaged tenants in structured programming. AHA is closely linked to our vocational program and the two LNH initiatives share staff which further helps to bridge the gap between recreational arts programming and career-focused vocational supports.
Number of FY18 clients: 52.
Chance for Change, located at The Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, helps homeless people who are living with the challenges of alcohol, drugs, and mental illness make healthy changes in their lives. Our small clinic environment and “harm reduction” model are uniquely targeted to chronically homeless people.
Our clinic staff are trained substance abuse counselors and mental health professionals who use evidence-based practices to help clients realize their full potential and work toward recovery. In addition to individual and group therapy, Chance for Change clients have access to most other NCS programs, including housing services. Number of FYI8 clients: 68.
OPTIONS is our 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 résumé 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.
Number of FY18 clients: 49.
Information and Referrals
Community Human Services Information and Referral Program (CHIRP) , reaches individuals in need of but disconnected from services. CHIRP human services professionals are present at five free meal programs on the East Side of Manhattan and provide guests with information and referrals for shelter and housing, public assistance, counseling, mental health and substance use treatment, and a variety of other issues.
In addition to placing a counselor at meal programs, NCS also distributes Street Sheets, pocket-sized guides to resources, including meal programs, shelters, referral services, and drop-in centers. Street Sheets have been available in English for the Upper East Side community for many years, but in FY18 NCS both translated the Upper East Side guides into Spanish and created and began distributing community guides for both the Upper West Side and Midtown Manhattan, increasing the number of people NCS can connect to critical services.
From Our Audited Consolidated Financial Statement,
Year Ended June 30, 2018
Support and Revenue
|Total Support and Revenue:||4,888,161|
|Change in Net Assets from Operating:||(358,497)|
|Net Realized Gain/ (Loss) on Investments:||44,213|
|Change in Net Assets:||1,423,305|
|Net Assets - Beginning of Year:||4,632,097|
|Net Assets - End of Year||6,055,402|
Board of Directors
David A. Oliver, President
Wolcott B. Dunham, Jr., Vice President
Stephanie Guest, Vice President
Thomas J. Kilkenny, Vice President
Stuart N. Siegel, Vice President
Susan Stevens, Treasurer
Brinton T. Parson, Secretary
Oren K. Isacoff
Ann Ross Loeb
Christopher W. Solomon
Anne S. Davidson
Abigail Black Elbaum
Jan F. Golann