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About Us

History

The East Harlem Neighborhood Based Alliance Corporation (EHNBAC) is a non-profit organization established in 1993 with the intent to improve economic and social conditions through the delivery of crisis intervention services. Currently, the EHNBAC operates a Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) which serves over 300 New York City residents each year who are experiencing difficulties in their lives that if left unaddressed could put them at risk of becoming homeless, and a Victims Services Program (VSP) serving over 200 crime victims. Since inception, the EHNBAC has served over 20,000 clients. Through outreach/education and direct services over 5,000 families averted homelessness and placed over 3,000 families in affordable housing saving New York City over $584M in shelter costs. We have assisted over 3,000 individuals and families avoid serious injury or death through VSP. EHNBAC records certain governmental support based upon advances and voucher reimbursements paid by agencies of the State of New York and the City of New York.

Population Served

The EHNABC serves some of the most disenfranchised communities in New York City. Over 90% of our participants have an income below 30% of the Area Median Income. Many of our participants have experienced a crisis such as job loss, death in the family, family violence, theft, or other crisis, that may have placed them at risk of homelessness. We primarily serve African American and Latino families. Many are working poor, victims/witnesses of violent crimes or experiencing domestic violence. Many of our participants rely on government assistance—in addition to work—to support their families. Seventy-seven percent of families receive some form of public assistance such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Families struggled to maintain stability in the face of a range of destabilizing life events. The most prevalent of those events was job loss.

Services Provided

We immediately address our participants’ immediate crisis which may disrupt their housing stability or make them vulnerable to re-victimization. In addition, we will provide emergency food, transportation to a safe house or clothing or diapers when needed. We work with the participant to develop a service plan that may include coordination with specialized service providers, including medical, mental health and hard-skills training. The EHNBAC spends an enormous amount of time advocating to secure affordable housing for clients and placing clients in vocational programs that prepare clients with training that will provide them with leverage to secure employment. We collaborate networks of specialized organizations to secure rental assistance, legal services, free health and mental health services, workforce development, and a network of affordable housing development corporations to ensure access to low-income housing.

Homelessness Prevention Services

The EHNBAC has prevented homelessness by averting court actions through tenant/landlord mediation sessions, intensive case management aimed at to securing matching emergency grants from other sources, Housing Court advocacy and emergency grants to cover utility costs, moving expenses, purchase of furniture, transportation, food and children’s clothes. We advocate to obtain repairs, initiates overcharge claims through the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, provide tenant landlord mediation, and assistance in securing and maintaining entitlements and benefits such as HEAP, Section 8, SCRIE, WIC, Income Support, one-shot deals, and pantry services. We coordinate with other charities to secure the financial support that will zero out their rent or utilities arrears, as we provide financial grants as a last resort.

Victim Services

The EHNBAC provides direct intervention to individuals and families who are victims/witnesses of violent crimes in New York City. In efforts to alleviate the economic implications of victimization, the EHNBAC assists in the resolution of monetary compensation by the filling out of Office of Victim Services (OVS) Compensation Claim Forms. The EHNBAC assists in the resolution of cases involved in the criminal justice system by accompanying its participants to precincts, Family and Criminal Courts and the District Attorney’s Office. The EHNBAC provides emergency services such as the purchase of furniture, food and payment of legal and documentation fees to regain lost or missing identification and legal documents. Other services include referrals to shelter safe houses, free child care, support groups and counseling to restore self-esteem, sense of dignity and coping mechanisms.

Financial Assistance

Clients are often faced with going to many agencies to secure assistance with different aspects of their service needs. Providers of legal advocacy or shelter services have limited resources for families requiring assistance with emergency food, clothing, furniture, and emergency travel assistance. The EHNBAC provides direct assistance and serves as a one-stop for emergency assistance/crisis intervention through its ability to secure and provide emergency grants and in-kind donations from local churches, pantries, welfare agencies, entitlement and housing systems and other charities. Emergency grants are provided to assist residents to remain housed, or stabilize a shared living arrangement, or maintain tenancy of a secondary tenant. These grants are paid directly to the landlord, utility company, movers, or storage facility.

Life Skills and Economic Development

The EHNBAC provides financial literacy services, which include workshops and one-to-one budgeting and money management, income maximization. For clients in need of soft skill support, we assist with resume writing and interview preparation. We are developing an economic development component. Topics include: Starting a Small Business, Marketing, Financing, Accounting Fundamentals, Developing a Business Plan, Website Management, E-Commerce, and Social Media.

2,000
Individuals and families have been placed in decent, affordable apartments.

5,000

Families have averted homelessness.

4,600
Crime victims assisted.