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Working Across Borough Lines With Council Member Ritchie Torres

By Henry Street Settlement

Councilmember Torres with Henry Street team members and clients

Henry Street Settlement’s homeless shelters may be located on the Lower East Side, but when its residents move out and into permanent housing, more than 80 percent of them end up in the central Bronx district represented by New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres.

To help smooth the transition and ensure former clients stay connected to services, Henry Street has forged a relationship with Council Member Torres.  The first meeting, held in March, is part of the Settlement’s efforts to provide after-care services for former shelter residents to provide ongoing educational, employment, health and other case management services in the communities where they move.

“I am proud to work with Henry Street Settlement on this new partnership,” said Council Member Torres. “I am here to serve the members of our community and make sure the residents of my district have access to the services to which they’re entitled.”

“Henry Street is extremely grateful for the partnership and generosity of Council Member Ritchie Torres and his staff,” said Jeremy Reiss, Deputy Development Officer, Public Policy and External Relations, at Henry Street. “Our shared goal through this collaboration is to ensure that the many residents of our homeless shelters who relocate to permanent housing in the Bronx can easily access vital resources within their new community—from emergency food to public housing support—that will help them build stability and prevent their return to the shelter system.”

Geniria Armstong, Henry Street’s Deputy Program Officer for Transitional and Supportive Housing, said “Council Member Torres and his staff understand the challenges facing formerly homeless clients as they adjust to independent living, and we feel fortunate to have such strong allies in the Bronx who are committed to combatting homelessness.”

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