Project FIND's Programs for the Homeless Elderly
We have all walked by a homeless person, and wondered, what happened, how did this human being end up living on the street? Especially if they are elderly, how can they live that way at all? If you asked, each would have a different story to tell. Only the underlying theme would be the same: they are alone and often estranged from their families, struggling to survive as they grow older and more frail.
Project FIND knows their stories, because every year our Homeless In-Reach program works with hundreds of men and women. Our Homeless In-Reach is one of the few programs in New York tailored specifically to the needs of homeless elders. After spending many years on the street, homeless seniors often become resigned to their circumstances or distrustful of those who offer assistance. Our deep engagement program has significant success in housing the long term street homeless. Over a recent 18 month period we were able to secure housing for nearly 40% of the Homeless In-Reach participants, roughly one person every 5.5 days.
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