Inaugurated in 1991 and funded by the New York City Department of Homeless Services, Helen’s House is a transitional housing program that provides temporary accommodations with on-site social services for 16 single parents and their pre-school children. During their stay, each family is housed in a furnished efficiency apartment, and has access to onsite social services that address the psychological and concrete causes and effects of homelessness and unemployment.
Eventually, through self-discipline and self-reliance, 90 percent of Helen’s House families move into permanent housing. Helen’s House residents have either an active or pending public assistance case, and are referred by the Department of Homeless Services.
Helen’s House services and programs:
- Family case management
- Individual and group counseling
- Housing search assistance
- Vocational counseling
- Job placement
- Child care
- Information and referral
- Housing readiness workshops
- Social and recreational activities