The best way to reduce homelessness is to prevent it in the first place. The Coalition’s Eviction Prevention Program rescues those who have been pushed to the brink of homelessness by unforeseen hardships and limited resources. Many have been laid off, but are now working again. Others have suffered medical emergencies, but are now recovering. Unfortunately, stretches of unemployment or stacks of medical bills leave many too far behind in rent to catch up on their own.
Our Eviction Prevention Hotline is open every Wednesday and receives far more calls from people in crisis than our funding can be stretched to help. We offer one-time grants of $1,000 (on average) to those who can demonstrate the ability to pay their rent going forward, and we leverage any additional funds needed for the arrears from government agencies and other non-profits.
The Coalition is one of the only organizations offering citywide eviction prevention intake, and one of only a handful with consistent funding for grants. The few agencies that do have secured funding often don’t accept new clients, instead taking only referrals from other agencies — significantly limiting access to those most in need. Because budget cuts have forced many other non-profits to reduce or shut down their own EP programs, we have even fewer options to help us with the growing number of families on the brink of homelessness.
To schedule an appointment, you must call the Eviction Prevention Hotline at 212-776-2039 on Wednesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am. In order to qualify, you must be in court, have a signed court stipulation and have future ability to pay your ongoing rent.