Description & History

HSU provides advocacy, information, and training to member agencies to expand their capacity to deliver high-quality services. 

HSU advocates for expansion of affordable housing and prevention services and for immediate access to safe, decent, emergency and transitional housing, outreach and drop-in services for homeless New Yorkers.  Homeless Services United promotes effective solutions to end the crisis of homelessness in New York City.

Homeless Services United (HSU) is a coalition of nearly sixty non-profit agencies serving homeless adults and families in New York City.

HSU provides advocacy, information, and training to member agencies to expand their capacity to deliver high-quality services.

HSU advocates for immediate access to safe, decent, emergency and transitional housing and prevention, outreach and drop-in services for homeless New Yorkers and promotes effective solutions to end the crisis of homelessness in New York City.

HSU represents non-profits offering of a full range of homeless services, including shelter, outreach, aftercare, drop-in, medical, and prevention programs.

To address the immediate and long-term needs of homeless and at-risk New Yorkers and to ensure that our members are equipped to provide them with high-quality services, HSU advocates for the following: Solutions to Homelessness ? HSU supports the Bloomberg administration?s efforts to reduce the shelter and street homeless populations by two-thirds in five years.

We believe that success will be achieved not when shelters are empty but, rather, when people are stably housed in decent and affordable homes.

As such, HSU advocates for improvements to the City?s rehousing rental assistance and homelessness prevention strategies and for expansion of the stock of affordable, supportive, and service-enriched housing.

Access to Quality Emergency Services ? For those whose homelessness cannot be prevented, HSU advocates for immediate access to high-quality emergency services.

HSU supports efforts to maintain a legal right to shelter, which is critical to ensuring that proposed census reductions are not achieved simply by making it more difficult for those without other viable options to enter shelter.

Workforce Development ? HSU believes that homeless people are best served by a skilled and stable workforce.

As part of our efforts to reduce program disruptions caused by high staff turnover and difficulty filling vacancies and ultimately to maximize service quality for homeless people, HSU advocates for adequate compensation and training for the non-profit homeless services workforce.

Resource Reinvestment ? HSU advocates for full reinvestment of savings derived from shelter census reductions into community-based prevention services and affordable and supportive housing for formerly homeless and at-risk households.

HSU is leading efforts to codify the principle of reinvestment in New York City law.

Streamlining Bureaucracy - HSU advocates for adjustments to government requirements and funding mechanisms to minimize duplicative, burdensome, and conflicting efforts while maintaining provider accountability for delivery of high-quality services and rigorous fiscal controls.

In addition, HSU provides the following member services: -affordable staff training opportunities aimed at enhancing service quality for homeless people; -dissemination of information relevant to member agencies, including City/State/Federal policy reports and updates, action alerts, resources for staff development and organizational capacity building, and media coverage on homelessness and related issues; and -opportunities for networking and resource sharing among member agencies, government decision-makers, advocates, and other stakeholders.

About the organization

Homeless Services United

Contact:
Catherine Trapani
Executive Director
212-367-1589
Eric Lee
Director of Policy and Planning
212-367-1589
Jessica Alvarez
Administrative Coordinator
212-367-1589
Organization’s website:
https://hsunited.org/