Interview Highlights

– “We have seen the numbers (of homeless) on the streets go up, if you look at the shelter census however, since January the number of families in the shelters has gone down slowly but steadily as Mayor de Blasio’s administration has implemented some rental assistance programs to get people up and out of the shelters…we are hoping this will encourage people to come in off the streets.”

– 40% (of the homeless) have severe and persistent mental illness and what they need is a home with on-site support services.”

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About Mary Brosnahan

Mary Brosnahan is the President & CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless. The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children.  Prior to her service with the Coalition, she was a press aide for Governor Michael Dukakis. Coalition for the Homeless has developed and implemented humane, cost-effective strategies to end mass homelessness in New York City.  With 80 staff people on eleven frontline programs the Coalition helps more than 3,500 men, women and children survive immediate crises and help them on the path to long-term stability. Services range from providing emergency food and clothing, eviction prevention, crisis services, permanent housing, job training and special programs for homeless youth.  

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