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Our Purpose

HELP USA works to ensure that everyone has a place to call home.

We provide shelter to meet people’s immediate needs, as well as support to succeed as individuals, as families, and as communities. We envision a world where safe and stable housing is a starting point for everyone, because housing is the foundation upon which people can build better lives.

Our Story

HELP USA was founded in 1986 to address the nation’s growing homelessness crisis.

From our beginning as a shelter for families in Brooklyn, we’ve expanded to become a leader in the fight against homelessness. Today, we serve people of all backgrounds, including families, individuals, veterans, survivors of domestic violence, people with health challenges and disabilities, and seniors. We have helped over 500,000 people facing homelessness and poverty to build better lives.

However, our communities are still in need.

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Far too many people in the United States need a place to sleep at night.

Multicultural woman sitting at the platform as she waits for her train
African American mother and child playing with building blocks
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...experience homelessness each day.

Learn more about how HELP USA works to ensure that everyone has a place to call home.

Our Values





If you are driven to make a difference and find that our values align with yours, please get in touch⁠—we are always seeking like-⁠minded people to join our team!


Board of Directors

Anthony Williams, Esq.,


  • Jean Brownhill
  • Gail Cannold
  • Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo
  • Maria Cuomo Cole
  • Atenedoro Gonzalez
  • Peter Hochfelder 
  • Arthur Mirante
  • Rick Ostroff
  • Ponchitta Pierce
  • Avis Richards
  • Thomas Ridges
  • Jeffrey A. Sachs
  • Nancy Seaman
  • Richard Sirota
  • Khaliah Ali Wertheimer
  • Eden Williams

Executive Staff

  • Dan Lehman
    President and CEO
  • Daniel Farrell
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Stephen Mott
    Chief Strategy Officer
  • Ronnie Silverman
    Chief Program Development Officer
  • Jody Lirette
    Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Samantha Conlan
    SVP, Development & Communications
  • Jina Park, LCSW
    SVP, Family Transitional & Early Learn Services
  • Nicole Richards
    SVP, Family/Single Shelters & Clinical Services
  • Susan Cahill
    VP, Grants Management & Contract Compliance
  • Michael Gagliardi
    VP, Safety & Security
  • Fred Goodhartz
    VP, Materials Management
  • Tina Goodrich
    VP, Supportive Housing & Services
  • Gina Quijada
    VP, Information Technology
  • Ebenicia Twum-Baah
    VP, Physical Plant Management

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