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 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.
NCS offers a comprehensive continuum of programs, including vocational and educational programs, substance abuse treatment and supportive temporary, transitional and permanent housing. NCS's targeted continuum of care is designed to address root problems to help homeless individuals secure employment and sobriety, leading to housing and long-term self-sufficiency.
In our continuing effort to better understand the chronically homeless people we work with, many of whom are both mentally ill and have a history of substance abuse, NCS has been engaged in clinical trials and assessment studies since 2000. The goal is to identify this population's specific characteristics and to determine what kinds of treatment will help them live independent, productive lives. In 2005, NCS published its first research study in the journal Comprehensive Psychiatry. NCS's most recent findings were featured in the Winter 2008 Journal of Personality Disorders. Click here to read the article.
NCS also participates in coalitions working with government agencies and policymakers to end homelessness. With its partners in the community, NCS’s dedicated board, staff and volunteers powerfully demonstrate what neighbors can do to reduce, prevent and ultimately end homelessness.
Our goal at NCS is to help people develop the skills they need to live with dignity and independence in safe and stable housing.