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Beyond Housing


Beyond Housing 2016 Program

Tentative agenda. Times subject to change.

Wednesday, January 13

12:30 pm-6:00 pm         Registration and Exhibit Set-up

Those attending the site visits must check-in with registration at 12:30 pm, before departure at 1 pm. All site visit attendees should eat lunch prior to departure.

1:00 pm-5:00 pm            Pre-conference Site Visits

The first day of ICPH’s 2016 Beyond Housing Conference will include site visits to organizations in New York City and the surrounding area that provide direct service or opportunities to homeless, formerly homeless, or at-risk youth, children, and families.

Due to popularity, all of the site visits are now full.

1.    Ali Forney Drop-in Center

The Ali Forney Drop-in Center is the nation’s first 24-hour drop-in center for homeless LGBTQ youth. Youth ages 16-24 are provided access to food, medical care, mental health services, education, job training, and referrals to other services. All youth participate in a full assessment of their acute physical and mental health needs. Conference participants will tour the Drop-in Center and meet the staff that conduct assessments and provide services. Attendees will be provided ample time for questions. To learn more about the Ali Forney Center visit:

2.    New York City Family Justice Center Manhattan

The New York City Family Justice Center Manhattan provides criminal justice, civil legal, and social services free for victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, and sex trafficking. Twenty-one key city agencies, community, social, and civil legal services providers, and the District Attorney’s Office are located on-site to make it easier for victims to get help. Conference attendees will visit the center and meet the staff who provide on-site services to children and parents, who are served regardless of immigration status, income, or language spoken. To learn more about the New York City Family Justice Center’s collaborative model, visit:

 3.    Broadway Housing Communities Sugar Hill Development

Broadway Housing Communities’ affordable housing, educational, and cultural arts mixed-use development on the northern boundary of Harlem’s Sugar Hill transformed an underutilized site into a green model of urban community revitalization that will enrich the neighborhood for generations to come. The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, a new cultural institution and the site’s cultural capstone, is focused on the developmental needs of children ages 3-8 and works in partnership with the onsite early childhood center to serve as a laboratory for innovations in arts education. Conference participants will visit the development and see the various elements that make up BHC’s innovative model that serves the needs of residents and the wider community. To learn more about Broadway Housing Communities visit:

4.    Greyston Bakery

Since 1982, Greyston has provided individuals in Yonkers, New York, a city of nearly 200,000 people just north of New York City, with employment skills and resources to lift them out of poverty. Greyston’s unique combination of open hiring (offering employment opportunities regardless of educational attainment, work history, or past social barriers, such as incarceration, homelessness or drug use), pathmaking (providing support and resources), and other social services offers a roadmap to assist individuals and families in visualizing their paths to self-sufficiency. Their mindfully-rooted philosophy fuels a commitment to human growth and potential and addresses some of the most challenging problems facing our country today. Conference participants will receive a tour of Greyston Bakery, learn about the social enterprise model that Greyston pioneered, and have time for questions and discussion. For more information on Greyston Bakery, visit:

5.    Homes for the Homeless—The Saratoga

Homes for the Homeless (HFH) operates Community Residential Resource Centers (CRRCs), which combine the basic services of a traditional shelter with a full range of inclusive programs designed to meet the diverse needs of homeless families residing in the shelter and citizens from surrounding neighborhoods. At The Saratoga, located in Jamaica, Queens, mothers drop toddlers off at daycare on their way to work, after-school teachers greet kids as they come home from school, and families bond together at special community events. While students take educational field trips to museums and city landmarks, adults meet with employment and housing specialists who help them prepare for job interviews, learn valuable life skills, and find apartments of their own. On-site New York City Department of Education Liaisons work to ensure that children are enrolled in and attend school. Overall, residents and community members are embraced by a supportive system that encourages individuals and families to grow, achieve, and succeed.