Tony Hannigan, LMSW, is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Center for Urban Community Services. From 1983-1993, Tony was primarily responsible for the growth of Columbia University Community Services, an interdisciplinary project that developed various neighborhood-based programs for homeless and low income individuals. During this time, he was also a Senior Staff Associate and faculty member at the Columbia University School of Social Work. In 1993, Tony led the spin-off of CUCS from Columbia University. Today, CUCS works with 50,000 people annually in New York City and nationally.
For the final part of our Social Worker Scholarship blog series, we sat down with Luna Malachowski Bajak, a social worker at The Christopher supportive housing residence. After two years of working as a case manager at our 350 Lafayette transitional housing program, Luna became one of NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene’s Mental Health Scholarship Program recipients and began studying for her Master’s in Social Work. Here is her take on the challenging program, on being a social worker, and her advice to aspiring social workers.
For Part II of our Social Worker Scholarship blog series, we had the pleasure of interviewing Anica Velez, our Director of CUCS Institute's Housing Resource Center and one of NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene’s Mental Health Scholarship Program recipients. Anica graduated in September 2015 with her Master’s in Social Work. Here is what she had to say about her experience, her support system, and the impact the program has had on her.
With the baby boomer generation aging, homelessness among the elderly has been front and center in the media. Studies continue to show the detrimental impact that life on the streets has on the homeless population, and the exacerbation homelessness has on health issues. Elderly homeless people have significantly different needs compared to other homeless populations. CUCS created an initiative to focus on older formerly homeless people living in supportive housing. We sat down with Joe DeGenova, our Associate Executive Director, to discuss how our primary care initiative is helping the elderly adults.