Almost 20 years ago, Bronx Parent Housing Network, Inc (BPHN) was born out of the sheer necessity for addressing the very personal street homelessness of its founders.
Individuals and families served by BPHN are facing chronic poverty and drug addiction (evidenced by high rates of injection drug use, drug overdose) which undermines housing security, forcing many to become unstable and homeless.
Vulnerable, disenfranchised, and homeless most clients typically exhibit disproportionately high rates of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted infections – health disparities that are the symptoms of underlying community health and structural inefficiencies that often points to systemic marginalization.
As BPHN considers the dire housing crisis in New York City, it is apparent that a mounting body of evidence not only captures the situation but presents opportunities for addressing the problem.
According to the Coalition for the Homeless, in April 2018, there were 62,498 homeless people, including 15,176 homeless families with 22,801 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system. Families make up three-quarters of the homeless shelter population. The number of homeless New Yorkers sleeping each night in municipal shelters is now 83 percent higher than it was ten years ago. (1)
BPHN is also cognizant of the fact that “as homelessness rises in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking to supportive housing to help get people off the streets permanently.” Early in 2018 The Mayor pledged to add 15,000 units of supportive housing over 15 years—in a bid to end homelessness in New York.
BPHN intends to position itself to use these data and opportunities to align its strategic priorities with the City’s and State’s goals to end homelessness.