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The Real Face of Homelessness:
Breaking the Cycle for New York City’s Children in Shelter

A large audience of policy makers, service providers, scholars and everyday New Yorkers gathered at a roundtable discussion focusing upon the vital needs of New York City’s over 22,000 homeless children and how best to change the course of their lives. The roundtable, hosted by the non-profit group Win, was held at WNYC's Greene Space on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

DHS Commissioner Taylor spoke as an distinguished panelist, along with the Director of the National Center on Family Homelessness at AIR Carmela J. DeCandia, Psy.D., Executive Director of the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York Jennifer March, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Robin Hood Foundation David Saltzman, and President and CEO of Win Bonnie Stone.

At the roundtable, the Commissioner announced the creation of a new interagency taskforce to combine resources and better enhance resources for children in shelter. Commissioner Taylor said, “Together, as a team, we will bring solutions to the table to produce better outcomes for those experiencing homelessness.”

Since 1983, Win, a DHS provider, has been helping homeless New York City women and their children transform their lives through a progressive and holistic approach that does not simply provide a hand out, but a way out.  Win’s life-changing process starts with safe, clean housing and includes vital programs and services – developed to break the cycle of homelessness.

For more information about Win, please visit their Web site at http://winnyc.org.