Who We Are
The Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, Inc. (NCS) serves people who are chronically homeless, formerly homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Established in 1982 by religious and community leaders on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, NCS was founded on the premise that homelessness is the responsibility of the entire community.
Program & Financial Highlights
|Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, Inc.
50 Broadway, Ste 1301
New York, N.Y. 10004-1607
NCS is dedicated to providing housing and support that can transform lives and to working with community partners to reduce, prevent and ultimately end homelessness.
CURRENT PROGRAMS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Year Ended June 30, 2016
The Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter (NCS) is dedicated to providing housing and support that can transform the lives of New Yorkers who are homeless, formerly homeless, or at-risk of homelessness. 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. Thirty-four years later, NCS still provides housing and supportive services on the Upper East Side. These programs, as well as newer offerings in the Bronx and the Upper West Side, 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 TV room and rooftop atrium, terrace and garden. Number of FY16 clients: 69.
- 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 these young people's 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. Through the creation and presentation of music, visual arts pieces, and performances, LNH youth are able to process complex emotions, articulate their needs and goals, and connect with peers and staff. As a result, we are able to break down issues with trust, poor self-image, self-destructive tendencies, and other beliefs and habits that can be barriers to personal development and service engagement. 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 FY16 clients: 47.
- Transitions located in the Bronx, is a transitional housing program supporting chronically homeless men in their journey to sober, stable, independent living. Transitions consists of three shared apartments housing up to ten men at a time in one multi-unit dwelling. Residents have on-site intensive supports that maximize chances for sobriety and for living independently or in permanent supportive housing. NCS provides case management, support with developing essential life skills, referrals to treatment and community services, vocational services, recreational activities, and housing placement. Number of FY16 clients: 10.
- 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. Although multiple relapses are common in substance use treatment, change and recovery are possible and our small clinic environment and "harm reduction" model are targeted to chronically homeless people. Our clinic staff are trained chemical dependency clinicians and mental health professionals who utilize 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 FYI6 clients: 28.
- 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 FY16 clients: 47.
Information and Referrals
- Community Human Services Information and Referral Program (CHIRP) recently completed its fourth year of operations, reaching out to individuals in need of but disconnected from services. CHIRP human services professionals are present at free meal programs 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. At these sites and throughout the community, we also distribute NCS's Street Sheets, pocket-sized guides with detailed information on local food and nutrition programs, shelters and drop-in centers, help and referral services, and outreach in the area. Last year, CHIRP operated at five meal programs on the East Side of Manhattan.
- Street Sheets are pocket-guides that succinctly outline neighborhood-specific emergency services. We distribute Street Sheets at CHIRP and other meal programs, faith-based institutions, and at a variety of community-based social service sites on the Upper East Side. Street Sheets offer detailed, accessible, and portable information on where and when individuals can find meals, help and referral services, drop-in centers, and outreach programs in their area.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|David A. Oliver, President
Wolcott B. Dunham, Jr., Vice President
Stephanie W. Guest, Vice President
Susan Stevens, Treasurer
Abigail Black Elbaum
Jan F. Golann
Alice F. Greif
Oren K. Isacoff
Thomas J. Kilkenny
Ann Ross Loeb
Stuart N. Siegel
Christopher W. Solomon
Ann L. Shalof, Executive Director
Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.