The Way Home

Community Advocate for the homeless, Deborah Dickerson speaks in Hamburg, Germany

DeBoRah Dickerson on 3rd Avenue between 106th and 107th street. (Courtesy of City Limits) 

DeBoRah Dickerson on 3rd Avenue between 106th and 107th street. (Courtesy of City Limits) 

Community advocate for the homeless, chaplain and former client at Urban Pathways; DeBorah Dickerson is traveling to Hamburg, Germany this month to continue her advocacy on homelessness at the Right to the City Alliance - Transatlantic Workshop.

Dickerson, being sponsored by fellow nonprofit Picture the Homeless will speak on a panel of 10 women of color from various backgrounds covering a wide range of topics from: race, migration to democratic governance.

DeBorah speaks during the Right to the City Transatlantic Workshop

DeBorah speaks during the Right to the City Transatlantic Workshop

Upon her return, DeBorah plans to take the information she has learned on alternative housing methods and theories on universal rental control and present it to the New York City Coalition for Continuum of Care Consumers Committee, which meets in Harlem.

DeBorah believes it is important to know and understand the population you intend to help and looks forward to speaking at more conferences, panels and workshops; both domestically and internationally.

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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 New York Metropolitan area.  Urban Pathways serves more than 2,000 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. www.urbanpathways.org.

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Donations for Home Goods

The Amron House (in maroon) on 100th street in New Yokr City. 

The Amron House (in maroon) on 100th street in New Yokr City. 

As fall beings, many people in the city and country will be transitioning back to school and work. A large part of this transition is for some, cleaning their closets out, getting rid of old clothes, home goods and preparing for the fall.

The other is moving into a new place for school or work, and getting all of your essential home goods for your new space and life.

In terms of moving, many of our formerly homeless clients are now gaining tenancy in our new supportive housing residences, and they need our assistance in helping them outfit their new apartments.

Urban Pathways is seeking new donations of various home goods, cleaning supplies, bathroom, and living essentials.

These home goods will be part of individual move-in kits for our newest residence named Amron House on 100th street in New York City.

Amron House to be opened later this fall, will feature 11 brand new 1-bedroom apartments for formerly homeless clients; as well as case managers and supportive programs to provide a smooth transition to permanent housing.

The new Amron House will provide the highest form of independent living under the continuum of supportive housing.

If you have any items you would like to donate that are not in the flyer please email development@urbanpathways.org.

Help us continue to provide #thewayhome to homeless and at-risk New Yorkers. 
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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 New York Metropolitan area.  Urban Pathways serves more than 2,000 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. www.urbanpathways.org

Learning About Housing Policy Abroad

Director of Policy for Urban Pathways Nicole Bramstedt  

Director of Policy for Urban Pathways Nicole Bramstedt  

Nicole Bramstedt, Director of Policy at Urban Pathways took part in a unique exchange program this past April.

 The Transatlantic Practice Exchange is an opportunity for homeless staff in the U.K. and the U.S. to trade places in an effort to explore a practice and share it upon their return; this year Nicole was lucky enough to be chosen.

              Crisis UK, a homeless services organization. 

              Crisis UK, a homeless services organization. 

 Nicole spent 3 weeks working with Crisis, a 50-year old homeless organization with offices and services in England, Scotland, and Wales. Nicole’s goal was to learn what strategies Crisis uses to engage the private rental sector (PRS) to address homelessness.

 Crisis provides education, employment, housing and well-being services. Since 1997, Crisis has worked to make the (PRS) a viable housing option for the homeless. This is done by engaging the landlords, and understanding their concerns. Once the landlords concerns are heard, Crisis develops strategies to combat these issues starting pre, and during tenancy that benefit both the homeless and the landlord.

 The Tenancy Support Program begins with a housing induction to familiarize potential members with housing services. Crisis then explains the realities of the tight U.K. rental market, and the need to adjust housing expectations. Potential members then attend a Mini Renting Ready workshop that provides information on how to search for housing, the type of housing to search for, and the rent one can afford. After the workshop, members work with a housing coach and attend a “property searching club”.

 Tenancy support also aids members during tenancyby providing accredited Renting Readycourses including: housing rights, money management, and communications (tenant to tenant— tenant to landlord).

 This program enhances exit options, tenancy sustainment, and facilitates the transition to housing. According to staff at Crisis, landlords prefer tenancy support and have been more inclined to offer tenancy to individuals who have shown commitment to the program; sometimes even at lower rents.

 Landlords also prefer the consistent support by reputable providers that the tenancy program provides. Crisis engages landlords in advocacy; keeping them up to date on policy recommendations so that they are implemented, and homeless issues can be resolved.

 After her 3 week placement abroad, Nicole arrived back at Urban Pathways with the following feedback:

In the U.S. I think we need to think outside the box about addressing homelessness, all sectors should make efforts to work together. Crisis’ practices of tenancy training and engaging landlords in both housing and advocacy address the lack of information among the landlords, and the homeless.

My recommendations to improve sustaining tenancy and exit options are providing tenancy training in Shelters, Drop-In Centers, and Safe Havens. Utilizing matching programs for homeless individuals placed in shared permanent housing. Develop a housing pilot program for adults exiting transitional housing, and needing tenancy support. Finally engage landlords in homeless advocacy. “

These initiatives will aid in bridging the gap between the stakeholders, providers and the homeless.

We thank Nicole for taking part in the Transatlantic Practice Exchange and working with Crisis.

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 New York Metropolitan area.  Urban Pathways serves more than 2,000 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. www.urbanpathways.org 

Labor Day Barbecue at Cluster

Residents at Cluster House pose for a picture at their holiday barbecue 

Residents at Cluster House pose for a picture at their holiday barbecue 

This past Labor Day, Urban Pathways staff at Cluster House in New York City treated residents to a holiday barbecue!

This end of summer barbeque was the first of its kind at the Cluster House residence.

Staff served hamburgers, and hot dogs, as well as fried chicken, baked fish, string beans, potato salad, rice and beans, Cesar salad, and pound cake.

Residents came out in full force to enjoy the food, weather and their neighbors.  

I think this is great. I love that Urban Pathways does these events for their residents. It gets people out of their apartments and helps in making new friends.” –Jonathan

Residents at Cluster have a range of activities to take part in on a monthly basis such as: yoga, photography, and book clubs to name a few. Having a surprise barbecue proved to be the perfect ending to a summer in New York.

Help us continue to provide #thewayhome to homeless and at-risk New Yorkers.

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 New York Metropolitan area.  Urban Pathways serves more than 2,000 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. www.urbanpathways.org