Human NYC

Our team spent two years listening to homeless New Yorkers.
This website aims to summarize our findings and push forward sensible reforms that we developed alongside our homeless neighbors.

New York City's
Street-to-Home Journey

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Human.nyc path BECOMING STREET HOMELESS "SIGHTINGS" PROCESS 9 MONTHS ON THE STREET SAFE HAVEN ASSIGNMENT GATHERING DOCUMENTS HOUSING ELIGIBILITY SEARCHING FOR HOUSING TRANSITION INTO HOUSING

Step One

Becoming Street Homeless

Sleeping on the streets rather than the shelters is often a rational choice that people make


Step Two

"Sightings" Process

NYC mandates people be "sighted" three times, in their sleep spot, at random, before being offered an outreach case manager


Step Three

9 Months on the Street

NYC mandates people live outside for nine months before they can be placed into transitional or permanent housing


Step Four

Safe Haven Assignment

Many street homeless New Yorkers eventually move into a safe haven, generally considered a better option than traditional shelters


Step Five

Gathering Documents

Securing necessary identification can add months to an already lengthy and bureaucratic process


Step Six

Housing Eligibility

With a scarce supply of housing, New York rations its supportive housing for those who they deem "most vulnerable"


Step Seven

Searching for Housing

Contrary to the city’s rhetoric, street homeless people want to move into housing, but the demand far exceeds the supply


Step Eight

Transition into Housing

Applying for and being accepted to housing does not guarantee a swift and timely move in