Aug 29, 2011

Jake Maguire's picture Posted By Jake Maguire

BronxWorks and Other Bronx Allies Contribute to 80% Reduction in Street Homelessness

Great news from the Bronx, where BronxWorks and several other social service agencies have helped nearly 250 formerly homeless people move into permanent housing. The announcement coincides with an 80 percent reduction in street homelessness in the Bronx since 2005— a huge achievement that outpaces all other boroughs in the city.

The Campaign owes a special debt to New York City, a founding Campaign community. In fact, much of the Campaign’s methodology, including the Vulnerability Index, was originally piloted on the city’s streets. All five boroughs have long been engaged in active street-to-home outreach and housing efforts, and this month’s news from the Bronx shows how tremendously effective that work has been.

Recently, BronxWorks hosted a celebratory “Faces of Success” event at Fordham University to recognize and congratulate all of the formerly homeless individuals who have escaped the streets for good since the effort began. At the event, Deputy Commissioner for Homeless Services George Nashak announced that the Bronx, which used to have over 100 people experiencing homelessness within a 10-block area, can now claim fewer than 100 living in the entire borough. The event also premiered a moving documentary (below), which tells the stories of several people who have moved from homelessness to permanent housing in the Bronx.

Congratulations to BronxWorks and everyone helping to end homelessness in the Bronx!