Today marks an exciting transition for HCZ as Anne Williams-Isom officially takes over for Geoffrey Canada as Chief Executive Officer. Anne has worked as the Chief Operating Officer for HCZ for the past four years and brings experience as a city administrator.
We made our first grant to Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) in October of 1991 and since then have maintained a strong partnership, working together to create a strong presence of education, health and community in Harlem, NYC.
Geoffrey Canada had this to say:
“As hard as it is to step back from HCZ, it has become easier because I have seen that Anne is going to take the organization to a new level and deepen the work we have done for our kids.”
We look forward to working with Anne and the rest of the HCZ staff in the future and we’re grateful to have the continued leadership of Geoffrey Canada on our Board.
This weekend, Robin Hood joins all New Yorkers in celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pride!
Tragically, a large majority of disconnected and homeless youth identify as LGBTQ and for years Robin Hood has worked with a variety of partners to provide a safe space and a helping hand to these young individuals.
Robin Hood funds organizations throughout NYC including the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Safe Horizon, Ali Forney and The Door that offer drop-in services as well as medical, education and job training benefits.
In 2011, Lady Gaga partnered with Robin Hood to grant $1,000,000 to many of these same programs that support young people in need. The video above is a tribute to Lady Gaga from the staff and participants at Safe Horizon.
We wish everyone a safe and fun Pride weekend!
Last week some of our staff attended an event in Union Beach, NJ to celebrate the opening of two new homes built for families who lost their residence during Hurricane Sandy.
Out of the 2,400 houses that make up the 1.8 square mile borough of Union Beach over 85% of the homes were flooded with at least two feet of water.
The rebuilding of these homes was funded as part of the Union Beach Project, which aimed to return families to durable, storm-resilient modular homes via a cost-effective, demolition-to-reconstruction model.
Our grant of $770,000 helped outfit newly built homes with key appliances including washers, dryers and refrigerators. In partnership with the NJ Relief Fund the Union Beach Project will provide modular homes for 15 Union Beach families.
Mission: Home - better coordination for homeless Veterans
Since Robin Hood launched our Veterans Initiative in 2012, we have been working to find new solutions aimed at improving the coordination of veterans’ services. By convening outreach teams, housing services and government staff to work together we’ve reduced the number of veterans sleeping on the streets was by over 90%.
We recently convened officials from the federal, state, and city government along with our nonprofit partners to discuss how to extend this coordination. Robin Hood along with the Veterans Administration, the city’s Department of Homeless Services and the city’s Continuum of Care (the body that oversees all federally funded homeless services), hosted representatives from veterans housing providers, homeless services providers and dozens of government representatives for NYC’s official launch of the 25 Cities Initiative, which has been named Mission: Home. This initiative was born out of President Obama’s mission to end homelessness for veterans across our country by 2016.
During the NYC launch, the creation of CAPS (coordinated assessment and placement system) was announced to help NYC reach zero homeless veterans by 2016. CAPS is an unprecedented attempt to coordinate the assessment of homeless veterans and match them to housing within a single system citywide.
This is a big task because NYC has 12 separate shelter systems and over 42 different types of subsidized housing; CAPS brings all of those together in one place. A team will prioritize matching veterans to housing using a rubric that will help maximize the precious resource to those who need it most.
The aim is to have more veterans move into housing faster. In the long run, the hope is that the city will manage its capital and operational housing dollars more strategically, and that CAPS will expand to all homeless New Yorkers beyond veterans, helping find more of our neighbors a place to call home.
Having everyone come together in one space is a key step to starting this off on the right foot. We look forward to keeping you updated on this crucial work.