On a chilly Friday afternoon in February, the community room at our Prospect Place women’s transitional housing community was bustling with excitement. Tenants and CUCS’s Therapeutic Art Instructor, Jennifer Bailey, were getting ready for their biweekly art session, happily distributing paints, brushes, and canvases around a large table. For the next two hours, the room would become a whirlwind of creativity, story telling and laughter.
Our Young Professionals Group is an exciting group of individuals working to raise awareness of CUCS’s life-changing work building brighter futures. YPG member Rohan has been a core member of the group since its inception in February 2017. An active and enthusiastic CUCS ambassador, he donated his birthday to our cause and collected over $1,500 which went towards supplies for welcome kits for men and women entering our transitional housing sites. We recently sat down with him to discuss why he chose to support CUCS, his experience as a CUCS YPG member, and why giving is important to millennials.
On January 22nd, 13 CUCS staff members joined over four thousand New Yorkers in the City’s annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) count. The count is used to estimate the population of chronically homeless individuals living in the city. It takes place on a cold winter night to gain an understanding of who is really chronically homeless.
On January 22nd, CUCS participated in the City’s annual survey of the homeless population in New York City. The Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) count is conducted by the Department of Homeless Services to estimate the number of people living on the streets in all five boroughs of New York City. We sat down with CUCS’ Erica Strang, Director of the Manhattan Outreach Consortium, to discuss the count and what it means for CUCS as the lead agency of street outreach in Manhattan.