October 2017, Praxis opened Broadway Family Residence, its first DHS shelter for families with children.
The program houses 83 families with priority offered to those who have roots in Bronx Community Board 8 and surrounding communities in the Bronx.
Praxis staff provides an array of on-site services and have established community based linkages to help families stabilize their lives and ultimately return to independent living. On-site services include case management, housing placement assistance, programming for children, recreation space, health/mental health services, screening/assessment/interventions for substance use disorders, and employment counseling. Off-site service linkages include primary healthcare, vocational training, employment placement, GED instruction, conflict mediation, and legal services.
Homelessness has been growing in New York City for decades. The primary forces driving New York City’s homeless problem are: poverty and lack of affordable housing.
- In February 2018, there were 63,343 homeless people, including 15,546 homeless families with 23,314 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system. Families make up three-quarters of the homeless shelter population.
- Over the course of City fiscal year 2017, 129,803 different homeless men, women, and children slept in the New York City municipal shelter system. This includes over 45,000 different homeless New York City children.
- Surveys of homeless families have identified the following major immediate, triggering causes of homelessness: eviction; doubled-up or severely overcrowded housing; domestic violence; job loss; and hazardous housing conditions.
- Between 2005 and 2015 the median NYC household income increased by 4.8%, while the median rent charged for an apartment rose by 18.3%
- 33% of families with children in the shelter system have a working family member.
- Approximately two-thirds of the people served in the public shelter system are families with children.
- Children under the age of 18 account for more than a third of the shelter population.
- Currently there are more than 10,000 children five years old or younger utilizing the public shelter system
- Research conducted by the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness indicates that more than 140,000 children attending New York City public schools have experienced homelessness within the past six years
- A 2016 Quinnipiac poll found that 77% of people surveyed believe that homelessness is mostly caused by factors outside of an individuals control.