At HELP USA, we are working to reduce the record number of homeless in NYC and neighboring communities through prevention initiatives, permanent and transitional housing, and vital supportive services. Our mission of helping those in need secure housing and become self-reliant is vital to the more than 50,000 people currently living in NYC shelters.

Thanks to your continued commitment, our capacity has grown in quality and impact, enabling us to serve more than 300,000 women, men and children since the organization was founded in 1986 by my brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo. True to the innovative HELP model, we have been able to increase service delivery during this time of unprecedented and urgent need for emergency and long-term housing. In just the last year, our dedicated team provided secure homes and holistic care for 22,000 including 6,000 children, residing in 31 residences.

Here is a look at some of the accomplishments of 2013:

Permanent Housing and Services for Veterans

  • HELP USA opened a new residence in Newark and unveiled plans to construct a new residence in Philadelphia for homeless veterans.
  • Development is underway for 100 permanent apartments for homeless veterans at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

Affordable Housing Creation

  • HELP USA built affordable housing, making an investment of over $24 million in Newark, Philadelphia, and New York City.
  • On Long Island, HELP Suffolk placed over 100 homeless families into permanent housing in one of the most difficult housing markets in the country, and two of our Equity Homes properties were rebuilt, providing families with disabilities newly renovated housing for the new year.
  • In Westchester, a 25-unit apartment mixed-use building was developed in Mount Vernon.

Homeless Prevention Initiatives

  • The Department of Veterans Affairs granted HELP nearly $2.5 million to support more than 500 veterans and their families in New York and Las Vegas.
  • Our Bronx-based HomeBase programs were ranked 1st and 3rd by NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) for their work preventing homelessness

Increased Domestic Violence Services

  • HELP USA was awarded $365,000 to provide rental assistance, employment, and aftercare services to homeless victims of domestic violence.
  • HELP was granted $250,000 in educational and vocational scholarships to individual graduates of HELP’s Domestic Violence shelter programs.

Workforce Development

  • HELP provided training and job placement services for NYC men and women in our Culinary and Security Job Training programs.

Increased Transitional Shelters

  • We successfully opened Bronx Crotona II, a 33-unit transitional housing facility.

Urban Farm expanded at Men’s Shelter on Ward’s Island

  • Over 1,500 pounds of produce is harvested on the shelter grounds. Produce is used for meal preparation by Culinary students and sold at market.

Children’s Services

  • Day care and after school programs were provided for 2,000 children.
  • Daycare services at NYC family shelters won Excellence award
  • HELP USA’s professional staff directed daily activities for over 250 youth, with the opening of our Summer Day Camp in East New York, Brooklyn.
  • Mentoring USA expanded their mentoring services in Newark, Philadelphia, and Chicago, and opened new programs in Orlando, FL, Wilmington, DE, and Rome, NY.

We are grateful both for what you’ve helped us accomplish and how our increased capacity will aid service delivery to a growing number of homeless veterans and families in 2014, including; expansion of Security and Culinary job training programs, and construction of 100 permanent apartments at Walter Reed Army Hospital and a new residence for veterans and low-income families in Buffalo, NY.

We hope you will continue to help ensure that we can meet the needs of those who must rely on our assistance by making a donation to

Let’s rise to the challenge of 2014 together.