Transitional Housing Programs
To increase access/availability for individuals in need of transitional housing placement for no more than six months.
To secure and place identified individuals into safe and appropriate permanent housing.
To assess and prepare eligible individuals with the skills/knowledge to secure vocational/employment opportunity for ultimate self-sufficiency.
About the NYC Department of Homeless Services, DHS:
As an agency comprised of 2,000 employees, the Department of Homeless Services remains one of the largest organizations of its kind committed to preventing and addressing homelessness in New York City. As we further this mission, DHS employs a variety of innovative strategies to help families and individuals successfully exit shelter and return to self-sufficiency as quickly as possible.
Collaborating with other public agencies and not-for-profit partners in the private sector, DHS works to prevent homelessness before it occurs, reduce street homelessness and assist New Yorkers to transition from shelter into appropriate permanent housing. With the installation of Commissioner Seth Diamond in 2010, DHS continues to meet its legal mandate to provide temporary, emergency shelter to those experiencing homelessness, while effectively transforming the culture of shelter from the inside out. By increasing our expectations for clients to obtain employment, DHS believes that we are better preparing households for independent living.
For more information on how to qualify: Visit the DHS Website
Or contact the general DHS Main Number: (212) 361-8000
NAICA Park Avenue Transitional Housing Program opened its doors in the fall of 2011. It currently has a capacity to house a maximum of 241 employable homeless men referred by Department of Homeless services (DHS). Here we provide case management on an individual basis and offer group sessions in various subject matters. In addition, we work with residents to assist them in getting independent living arrangements through numerous avenues.
East Tremont Avenue
NAICA East Tremont Transitional Housing Program (NAICA Tremont) opened its doors on February 8, 2016. It currently serves 154 homeless men with mental health issues. All referrals come through Department of Homeless Services. At NAICA Tremont we provide an array of intensive supportive case services for emotional and behavioral disorders through case counseling services, psychiatric counseling, medication management, medical care, recreation, and housing services.
The goal is to transition the men back to the community and prepare them to live on their own with supportive services to follow. NAICA Tremont also develops and maintains an extensive resource base for referrals to other programs and services in the community to meet any additional needs of the clients. At NAICA Tremont we ensure delivery for the provision of crisis intervention, and will assist clients with stress management as needed.
NAICA Dekalb Transitional Housing Program opened its doors in July of 2016. It currently has a capacity to house a maximum of 100 general population homeless men referred by Department of Homeless services (DHS). Here we provide case management on an individual basis and offer group sessions in various subject matters. In addition, we work with residents to assist them in getting independent living arrangements through numerous avenues.
NAICA Courtlandt Transitional Housing Program opened its doors in September 26, 2016. It currently has a capacity to house a maximum of 118 general population homeless women referred by Department of Homeless Services (DHS). Here we provide case management on an individual basis and offer group sessions in various subject matters. In addition, we work with residents to assist them in getting independent living arrangements through numerous avenues.
Casa de Cariño/House of Love, Southern Blvd
NAICA’s Casa de Cariño/ House of Love Transitional Housing Program opened its doors on March 8th, 2019. It currently has a maximum capacity of 200 elderly homeless women referred by the Department of Homeless Services (DHS). We provide comprehensive case management services on an individual basis; helping our residents restore and rebuild their lives while managing their housing crises. Additionally, we offer group sessions in various subject matters. Our main goal is to assist residents in securing independent housing.
NAICA operates two HASA temporary housing programs to assist individuals living with HIV/AIDS live healthier and connect them to other supportive services. NAICA’s HASA programs prepare our residents to find permanent independent or supporting housing.
The two buildings, Joey’s Place I and II houses 43 single individuals who are transgender females and provide extensive case management.
Community Advisory Board Meetings (CAB)
Community Advisory Board meetings are held quarterly for all of NAICA’s shelter programs. Community Advisory Board (CAB) for Provider Facilities/ Programs Serving Homeless Individuals, Elected Officials and Community Boards was developed by NYC Department of Homeless Services to build relationships with elected officials, the community boards, and other key community stakeholders (clergy leaders, community leaders, precinct officers, leaders of local community based organizations, etc.) as well as to facilitate and increase engagement with surrounding neighbors. The CAB is an important vehicle for breaking down barriers and for creating a healthy, loving and compassionate environment with the Providers who serve the homeless population. NAICA’s goal is to increase transparency, community trust, and empower the community to play an integral role in welcoming our clients.