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Commissioner's Message

Welcome to the Department of Homeless Services’ Website!

Homelessness is a complex social issue that has increasingly become part of the federal, state and local dialogue and impacts communities at every level. The common thread among homeless families and individuals is the lack of affordable housing, living wages and poverty.

As Commissioner, I am committed to advancing our agency’s vision and mission as well as supporting the work that our dedicated staff and partners do each and every day to assist individuals and families in crisis.

DHS and its partners continue to strengthen our work in the areas of homelessness prevention; street and subway outreach; sheltering individuals and families; and moving clients to housing permanency and supporting their transitions with aftercare services. We do this in furtherance of our system wide collective efforts to reduce homelessness and to improve the lives of all the clients who we serve.

We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our programs and services.

Thank you for visiting the DHS website.

Gilbert Taylor
Commissioner