From the Streets to Housing

William, 50 years old, was homeless and now lives in Manhattan
William grew up in a single-parent household, the 12th of 14 children. After high school, William became addicted to drugs and alcohol. William struggled with recovery and was homeless at various times, sleeping in places like Central Park and on Fifth Avenue. In 2016, while struggling with homelessness and addiction, he went to Urban Pathways’ Port Authority Outreach for assistance.

There an Outreach worker connected him to detox services and he was admitted into an Urban Pathways’ Safe Haven, where he stayed for 11 months. During his time in the Safe Haven, William joined Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous and continued his recovery to the point where he was more stable and able to move into an Urban Pathways’ supportive-housing residence in 2018.

William has continued his sobriety and has been alcohol and drug free for 14 months. Now he’s conducting a job search – he aims to on one day be a substance abuse counselor. He is very thankful to have turned his life around with the support of Urban Pathways.

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Junior, 69 years old, wss homeless and now lives in Manhattan
As a child growing up in Jacksonville, Florida and then Brooklyn, Junior always wanted a job that would give him the freedom to travel across the country. In 1971, Junior started working in shipping and freight hauling. He worked this job for almost 40 years hauling goods across the United States and Canada.

In 2008, Junior became ill and was hospitalized while hauling freight in Miami. Over the next two years Junior battled recurring illness and side effects from diabetes, ultimately he couldn’t work anymore. In 2010, Junior became homeless. For a while he couch-surfed with friends and family, then he ended up sleeping in shelters.

In 2016, Junior was engaged by Urban Pathways’ Outreach team at Port Authority Bus Terminal. He was referred to the Olivieri Drop-In Center for care and services. Soon he was provided a room at an Urban Pathways’ Safe Haven and he began receiving treatment for his diabetes. Once his health improved and he became more stable, Junior moved into an Urban Pathways’ supportive-housing residence in 2018. Since then he has enrolled in Urban Pathways’ UPwards Career Enhancement Program and is currently looking for a job. He’s looking forward to working again.

Join us today and help move 40 people off the streets and into housing this month.

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Bruce, 53 years old, was homeless and now lives in Queens
Bruce grew up in a single-parent household, the second of four boys. At age 21, Bruce moved out of his mother’s apartment and in with his girlfriend following the birth of their first child. After living her for over twenty years, their relationship deteriorated to the point where Bruce needed to move out. To make matters worse, he had recently been injured at work and was on disability. In 2015, when Bruce left his apartment, he began a three-year period of homelessness.

Once homeless, Bruce slept in Grand Central Station, Penn Station, his car, and in various other places throughout the city. Though homeless, he kept up his appearance, and never told his family. In August of 2018, Bruce finally told his family that he was homeless. Coincidentally, his brother was a former client of Urban Pathways who had been homeless and received housing. Bruce’s brother referred him Urban Pathways.

Bruce met with an Outreach worker at Port Authority Bus Terminal. In less than a month, Bruce was provided with an apartment at an Urban Pathways’ residence in Queens. Bruce has been living in Urban Pathways’ housing for nearly a year now. He is intent on improving his health by becoming more active – he rides his bike and goes for walks in the neighborhood park.

Bruce has also strengthened his relationships with his two children. His teenage son visits him every two weeks and he keeps in regular contact with his daughter and grandchildren who live in South Carolina. Bruce is in a much better place than he has been for years.

Join us today and help move 40 people off the streets and into housing this month.

Your support today will help people like Bruce move from the streets to housing before the heat of summer hits!


Marc, 59 years old, was homeless and now lives in Queens
Marc grew up in a stable home with his parents and younger brother, though he struggled with mental illness and resented the diagnoses he received from mental health professionals. During adolescence he spent time in various mental health institutions.

As a young adult, Marc also struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. He ended up homeless again from 2012-2017 after leaving a psychiatric housing program.

When he was homeless, Marc periodically slept in rented rooms but spent most of the time sleeping in shelters, in Grand Central Station and in areas of lower Manhattan. In 2017, Marc met with an Urban Pathways’ Outreach worker. After three months of receiving services and becoming stable, he was provided housing in an Urban Pathways’ supportive-housing residence in Queens.

Marc has been drug and alcohol free for two years now. He has gone back to school to get his bachelor’s in business administration, and in March 2019, Marc moved into his own independent apartment in Queens. He has also begun to travel and visited England last year. Marc is able to enjoy life for the first time in many years.

Join us today and help move 40 people off the streets and into housing this month.

Your support today will help people like Marc move from the streets to housing before the heat of summer hits!

About Urban Pathways
Urban Pathways is a New York City-based, nonprofit organization that provides housing and support to homeless and at-risk adults throughout the Metropolitan area. Urban Pathways serves more than 3,700 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay, and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. 
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