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. This year marks an exciting milestone for CUCS! A whole decade and twenty graduates later, the Mental Health Scholarship Program awarded by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) continues to be a wonderful opportunity for our staff and agency alike. The program represents the core of what our organization stands for, investing in training staff members to become great professionals and leaders in the field.
Thousands of volunteers dispersed throughout New York City this past Monday night in the city’s annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) count. A total of 20 people represented CUCS, including Moira Flavin, our Manager of Institutional Giving. We sat down with Moira to learn more about the HOPE count and her experience canvassing the streets of Brooklyn for the second time during one of the coldest nights of the year.