Common Ground’s programs to address chronic homelessness in New York are aimed at realizing two main objectives:
- To engage individuals who face the most difficult barriers to housing stability; and
- To provide the spectrum of housing and support services these individuals need to end their homelessness permanently.
The first objective is accomplished by our Street to Home initiative, which sends teams of outreach workers out each day to encourage long-term homeless individuals living in public spaces to accept assistance with addressing their ongoing problems, including by moving them into supportive housing.
The second objective is supported by our housing development efforts, which continuously expand supportive housing opportunities for chronically homeless New Yorkers. We firmly believe that our model represents the most cost-effective strategy yet conceived to definitively address the needs of individuals with entrenched barriers to housing stability.