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Housing & Homelessness

Break the Cycle of Mass Homelessness in New York

Trinity seeks to break the cycle of mass homelessness and housing instability in New York City.

The Housing & Homelessness initiative advances Trinity’s mission priority to build up our neighborhood by advocating for New Yorkers who find themselves in shelters or who are on the brink of losing their housing. In addition to providing grants* and Program Related Investments, Trinity will use its voice and congregation to promote policy changes and solutions that address housing instability and homelessness.

*While Trinity offers both program grants and general operating support, we strongly encourage organizations that are seeking funding through the Housing and Homelessness Initiative to apply for program grants. 

Mass homelessness has reached an all-time high in New York City.

With more than 60,000 people, including 22,000 children—over 25 percent of whom are under the age of five—sleeping in shelters each night, and an estimated 4,000 adults sleeping on the streets and in subways, mass homelessness persists in New York City. With over 90 percent of people in the shelter system self-identifying as Black or Latino, there is no denying that homelessness disproportionally impacts communities of color. To address this issue, the Housing and Homelessness Initiative is working in close coordination with Trinity’s Racial Justice Initiative which is committed to dismantling racism by breaking the cycle of mass incarceration.

In response to this crisis, our Housing and Homelessness Initiative seeks to address housing instability and homelessness in New York City by supporting not-for-profits, networks, and coalitions whose work falls within three areas of focus.

Activities we support under the Prevent strategy have the following goals:  

Expand access to extremely affordable housing, including supportive housing by:

  • Providing bridge financing, down-payment assistance, and guarantees for affordable housing preservation and development
  • Building capacity for nonprofits to own and operate affordable housing

Enable housed, but vulnerable, New Yorkers to stay in their homes by:

  • Funding research on predictors of homelessness
  • Supporting universal prevention activities to help vulnerable New Yorkers upstream

Eradicate discriminatory housing practices and lower the barriers of entry into the housing market

for communities of color, including justice-involved individuals and other vulnerable populations.

Activities we support under the Lead strategy have the following goals:  

Identify clear, unifying solutions to addressing family homelessness

and aligning champions behind a shared solution.

Identify and implement solutions that break the cycle of generational homelessness

with a focus on children and youth.

Support innovative financing approaches

to address homelessness that can be scaled.

Activities we support under the Liberate strategy have the following goals:  

Expand supportive housing

for justice-involved, complex-care homeless New Yorkers.

Develop other housing options and services

for re-entering New Yorkers.

End the continuous punishment for poor people of color with criminal records

related to housing, employment, and education.

Our Ministries

In addition to supporting grantees that work to eliminate homelessness and food insecurity in New York City, Trinity remains committed to helping our neighbors in need through our own programs.

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