It is a heart-breaking fact that the rate of homelessness has been rising in cities all across America, and New York City is no exception. On any given night, more than 60,000 New Yorkers, including 21,000 children are sleeping in a homeless shelter.
In 2020 CAMBA served almost 6,000 individuals in our single adult and family shelters. We served an additional 1,068 individuals in our Respite Bed and Gathering Place programs.
CAMBA operates eleven shelters, six for families and five for single adults. We ensure the facilities are safe, clean, and secure, and clients are treated with respect and dignity. We work with clients to have them understand that homelessness does not define who they are, rather it is an extremely difficult point in their lives.
Our “Housing First” philosophy is a client-centered approach concentrating on solutions for permanent housing. Our multi-disciplinary staff support a trauma informed care approach focused on the client’s strengths, safety and recovery. Comprehensive support services to build stable, independent and self-sufficient futures include job training, employment services, parenting education, mental health screening, substance abuse treatment, and referrals to rehabilitation facilities.
CAMBA’s Gathering Place offers drop-in services for single homeless adults, including free meals, access to clean showers and facilities and social services, housing placement assistance, health and mental healthcare. Overnight shelter is available to eligible clients through our volunteer run Respite Bed Program in churches and synagogues.
Please contact the New York Department of Homeless Services for additional assistance.