Groundbreaking: Give to the Live Life Forward Campaign

December 1, 2021

Groundbreaking shovels for Homeward Central HarlemWill you make a Live Life Forward Campaign gift today?

We are excited to announce that November 4 was the groundbreaking for Homeward Central Harlem, our 50-unit LGBTQ-affirming supportive housing site for homeless young adults!

Supportive housing (affordable housing with social work and support services) is a vital part of ending chronic homelessness. Opening fall 2023, Homeward Central Harlem will be our fourth location serving homeless persons.

Whether we’re serving young mothers and toddlers, LGBTQ youth or older adults… Homeward NYC provides housing and wraparound services that include counseling, case management, connections to community resources, group activities, and skills-building programs. Thank you for making this work possible.

Your generosity provides a safe place where homeless persons can take a breath, build skills, heal from trauma, and be empowered to move their lives forward. Will you make a tax-deductible, year-end gift today?

We began in 1989 with an Upper West Side mixed-age residence that is a transitional family shelter and older adult affordable housing. We recognized a growing need: an astounding 40% of all homeless young adults identify as LGBTQ, yet LGBTQ individuals are just 7% of the total population. And, like the young mothers at our intergenerational site, LGBTQ youth face the challenge of starting young adulthood with traumas from gender-based physical and emotional abuse.

In 2011, we created a first of its kind LGBTQ young adult supportive housing site in West Harlem. In 2015, we opened a Bronx site. In 2020, we reorganized West End Residences and our True Colors Housing for LGBTQ young adults under the unifying name Homeward NYC.

Your giving to Homeward NYC…

  • Provides a safe home for homeless young families, older adults and LGBTQ young adults
  • Supports individualized care and programs that build the skills for housing stability
  • Helps residents heal the related traumas of homelessness and abuse
  • Positions us for growth as we build our third LGBTQ young adult supportive housing site
We Serve Resilient Communities
  • Young Families

    Over two-thirds of persons living in New York City shelters are families with children. The single mothers we serve are ages 18 to 24 with an average child age of 22 months—these moms are the youngest heads of household in the shelter system. Most are survivors of intimate partner or family violence. Many struggle to avoid unhealthy relationships, and to break cycles of violence and homelessness in their families.

At Homeward NYC, homeless mothers like Naomi have safe housing where they can build skills, set goals and achieve permanent housing for their young families.

  • Older Adults

    Adults over age 65 are one of the fastest growing shelter populations in New York City, having quadrupled in the past decade. Many of our older adult residents are survivors of domestic or family violence. Many have a history of chronic homelessness and have experienced repeated cycles of poverty.

At Homeward NYC, older adults can age in place under the supportive care of dedicated staff.

  • LGBTQ Young Adults

    The average age when LGBTQ youth in New York State first became homeless is 14 years old. The young adults entering our supportive housing are 18 to 24 years old. 54% experienced family abuse. 65% experienced family rejection. 80% of our LGBTQ young adult residents have behavioral health and substance use issues related to the abuse, rejection and discrimination they’ve experienced.

At Homeward NYC, LGBTQ young people have affordable housing in an affirming environment where they are active participants in their own care, goal-setting and achievement.

We hope you’ll include the individuals and families of Homeward NYC in your year-end giving.

Your compassion and generosity are life-changing for homeless single mothers and their children, older adults and LGBTQ young adults. Thank you!

We hope you’ll make a special, Live Life Forward gift by Dec. 31.


Jeannette K. Ruffins
Chief Executive Officer

P.S. We look forward to updating you on our progress at Homeward Central Harlem!