Founded in 1986 by Governor Andrew Cuomo and recognized by the United States Congress as a national model, HELP USA is one of the country's largest builders and operators of service-enriched transitional and low-income permanent housing. HELP USA has 19 residential communities in the New York metropolitan area, and was recruited to expand our successful model in Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Buffalo, Newark and Houston. HELP USA continues to pursue every opportunity to provide service-enriched housing to people in need, with a goal of 200 units of new housing each year. Building on 24 years of experience, HELP USA is prepared to meet the evolving challenges facing homeless populations by the 21st century. Consistent with the changing real estate model for urban landscapes, the future is defined with expectations of "mixed use" projects, combining residential, commercial and public space to encourage social interaction. Jobs, services, affordable housing, and family centers to support the family unit will break the cycle of dependency and enable the homeless to reclaim their lives.
Living in a pleasant, safe environment elevates clients' expectations for themselves and motivates them to realize their full potential.
The needs of the populations we serve determine how we expand our services.
HELP USA is a fluid organization. In response to growing homelessness among families with children, HELP USA has developed early childhood education programs, enhanced after school programs and created mentoring programs.
When statistics pointed to domestic violence as a primary cause of homelessness among women, HELP USA opened two confidentially located shelters, established a resource center, and began an academic scholarship program for survivors of domestic abuse and their children.
In response to rising unemployment and underemployment rates, both of which are major causes of homelessness, HELP USA created vocational training and job placement services.