Center for Urban Community Services 2015 Annual Report

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2015 Annual Report

Center for Urban Community Services Our mission at the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) is to rebuild the lives of homeless and disadvantaged individuals and families. CUCS excels at providing integrated programs that link housing, health, and social services for New York’s most vulnerable people. Our programs help people to exit homelessness, rise from poverty, regain health and wellness, and rebuild their lives.

Rebuilding Lives Together

Board of Directors Officers

Julie Sandorf Chair

Daniel S. Bayer Vice Chair

Leadership Team Tony Hannigan

Chief Executive Officer

Joseph DeGenova

Associate Executive Director

Paul Gualano

Jerry Letter

Chief Operating Officer

Tony Hannigan

General Counsel


Chief Financial Officer



Jack Krauskopf Chair Emeritus

Angela Mia Colasuonno Emily Tabak Epstein David A. Gould Don D. Grubman Peter Magistro Jennifer McCool Kerry Propper Alex Rose Joe Weisbord

Doug James

Jeff Halfpenny Julie Lorenzo

Chief Program Officer

Mary Taylor

Director of Development & Communications

We see the troubling news daily. Homelessness is at crisis levels. The rate of people without housing stubbornly clings to numbers never seen before in New York City. Rarely seen in the news, however, are the efforts that are happening to help people move out of homelessness. Replicable solutions exist, and I see them at work every day at CUCS.

We helped 53,067 people in 2015. CUCS provided housing, medical and mental health services, employment services, and poverty fighting programs to 40,695 New Yorkers. Nationally, we trained 12,372 human service professionals, enabling them to do their jobs more effectively. Our work, and the efforts of countless organizations nationwide, may never become headline news. For each person we have helped, however, it means everything. Thank you for your investment in CUCS and our mission. Together we are making a difference and rebuilding lives. Sincerely,

Tony Hannigan Chief Executive Officer



235 Housing

Our Street to Home program engaged 235 chronically street homeless adults and moved 127 of them into housing this past year. The teams are at work on the streets of Upper Manhattan at 5:30am, working with homeless people to help them move from life outdoors to safe housing.

At work on the streets of Upper Manhattan

386 Our Transitional Housing programs are among the most successful in New York City. This year, 386 people with serious mental health problems were safely housed and received on-site care and services. Our Harlem transitional housing program was ranked #1 out of 200 NYC programs by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. We also added a fourth transitional housing program in the Bronx, where 100 homeless men at a time are helped by CUCS.

Harlem Transitional Housing Program


946 Our Home to Stay program helped 946 adults and children — 249 families — move out of homeless shelters and into affordable housing while providing intensive services to break the cycle of homelessness. In 2015, the Home to Stay model that we developed in partnership with the Robin Hood Foundation and the NYC Department of Homeless Services was adopted as a key component of the city’s strategy to fight family homelessness.

CUCS housing staff

2,243 This year, 2,243 New Yorkers in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx benefited from the Supportive Housing with services provided by CUCS. Our newest housing program in the Bronx, The Sydelle, will open in December 2015 and be home to 107 families and individuals.

CUCS’ Lenniger Residence

Jobs & Benefits


Jobs & Benefits

385 Our Career Network worked with 385 adults who have multiple barriers to employment, placing 120 of them into employment. The average hourly wage for our job placements was $10.86, well above the $7.25 federal minimum wage. The program helps people with mental health illnesses, formerly homeless adults, and people who have long been disconnected from the workforce to get and maintain employment.

10,125 As the largest Single Stop provider in New York City, we connected 10,125 adults and children to over $10 million in food, emergency assistance, legal, and tax support benefits. The program works in veterans’ hospitals, the Rikers Island jails, and in local communities throughout New York City.

133rd Street Single Stop Program

Medical & Psychiatric Services


2,919 Medical & Psychiatric Services

Our affiliate health care program, Janian Medical Care, worked with 2,919 homeless and formerly homeless adults with complex medical and mental health issues. Psychiatric care was delivered to 2,561 individuals, and 358 received primary medical care. Janian brings its services to vulnerable adults where they are — whether it is a park bench, mental health courts, soup kitchens, or housing programs.

Janian practitioner at a CUCS transitional housing program

3,844 Our two health and wellness programs helped thousands of people with complex medical and mental health issues navigate the system to receive quality care. The Intensive Wellness Program coordinated the delivery of health, mental health, and addiction services to 3,760 adults from across NYC. The Assertive Community Treatment team provided 24x7 intensive care to 84 adults with long histories of homelessness.

CUCS Institute


The CUCS Institute worked with 31,984 individuals in New York City and nationally in its training and housing resource programs this past year. Our team of trainers worked with 12,372 professionals from the human service, behavioral health, judicial, and legal fields from over 350 organizations. We also connected 19,612 individuals, including inmates in New York State prisons and New York City jails, to housing, public assistance, and other benefits.

Partners Government New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Department of Homeless Services Department of Housing Preservation & Development Housing Development Corporation Human Resources Administration, HIV/AIDS Services Administration New York State Office of Mental Health Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Foundations Harold Alfond Foundation Community Foundation of New Jersey Enterprise Community Partners The Gottesman Fund Heffernan Foundation The New York Community Trust Oak Foundation Robin Hood Foundation Single Stop USA The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation The Uhrig/Vournas Charitable Fund The United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

CUCS extends our heartfelt gratitude to the hundreds of individuals who supported our work this past year.

Consolidated Statements July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Financial Position Assets Cash and Cash Equivalents






Notes Receivable from Limited Partnerships


Property and Equipment


Other Assets




Liabilities Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses Refundable Advances

$3,524,981 $1,596,044

Notes Payable




Net Assets Unrestricted


Temporarily Restricted




Activities Public Support and Revenue Grants and Contracts


Programs and Service Fees




Management Fees


Other Income



$2,698,942 $43,102,021

Expenses Program Services Management and General Fundraising TOTAL EXPENSES

$35,160,793 $4,376,307 $267,990 $39,805,090

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