Mental illness and substance use disorders are central factors contributing to street homelessness for many individuals which often prevent them from getting the support they need. Our psychiatric services are essential for these homeless individuals to work with our outreach program and move towards permanent housing. To learn more about outreach psychiatry, we sat down with Joanna Fried, MD, the Medical Director for the Manhattan Outreach Consortium (MOC), to discuss the work of psychiatric providers, the program’s evolution and the future of psychiatric outreach in New York City.
Our Uptown program was the first supportive housing initiative to integrate mentally ill, homeless and low-income individuals. Started in 1985 through a unique partnership with Broadway Housing, the program grew and is now comprised of six residences located in Washington Heights and Harlem. As the Uptown program expanded, so did CUCS’ understanding of supportive housing and community building.
CUCS is leading a campaign to reduce street homelessness across Manhattan. As part of a contract with the New York City Department of Homeless Services, CUCS is now leading the Manhattan Outreach Consortium (MOC) and overseeing all outreach and housing placement services for men and women living on the streets of Manhattan. We sat down with Erica Strang, current Director of the MOC, for some insight into the program’s evolution and her thoughts on what CUCS’ leadership will bring to the MOC.
Fostering community in our residences is important to our work. Community allows people to develop support systems, pursue interests and find stability. Started in 1985, the Uptown Program has long depicted how the different characteristics of each supportive housing residence can shape community building and transform lives.
In the upcoming year, CUCS will roll-out a series of new projects and programs that will expand our capacity to serve more individuals and families in New York City. In part two of our interview with Tony Hannigan, CUCS Founder, President and CEO, we discuss some of these new developments and his hopes for the future as we continue to celebrate our 24th birthday!