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Urban Pathways (Director of Development)

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Founded in 1975, Urban Pathways is community-based human services agency pioneering the use of basic and therapeutic serves to respond to the problem of the homeless. Over the past 40 years, Urban Pathways has successfully served over 100,000 clients, served over 1,000,000 meals and placed over 60,000 individuals in permanent or transitional housing facilities.

Urban Pathways is a data-driven and innovative organization whose mission is to ensure that homeless and at-risk New Yorkers have the housing, services, and support they need to achieve and sustain independent stability and become fully integrated members of the community.

For over four decades, Urban Pathways has served New York City’s most vulnerable residents with quality supportive housing and other essential services to help homeless adults become more stable and independent, and move into more permanent housing. In response to growing demand and individuals’ increasingly complex needs, Urban Pathways’ services have expanded over time from drop-in centers to supportive housing residences and outreach and referral programs. Current programs include:
• Five Outreach Programs
• One Drop in Center
• Three Safe Havens
• Six Supportive Housing Residences (three additional under construction)
• Three permanent housing apartment (one additional under construction)
• 215 – unit Scattered-Site Housing program
• Vocational Training and readiness Programs

Outreach Programs: including PATH, Flatiron BID, Fashion Center BID, Newark Airport and ADE, serves homeless men and women with supportive housing, mental health and substance abuse services and other rehabilitative, treatment, vocational, and self-help services. Through these programs, Urban Pathways was able to engage 1,929 clients in 2016.

Drop-in Center: The Olivieri Drop in Center for Homeless Adults opened over 30 years ago as a women-only facility, and in 2009 transitioned to a co-ed program. At the site, Urban Pathways offers on-site medical, mental health and substance abuse assessments as well as access to meals, clothing, showers, and rehabilitation and recovery programs.

Safe Havens: A safe haven is a temporary housing facility for homeless individuals who have been diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness and have not successfully engaged in conventional housing or outpatient treatment. While in the safe havens, clients have access to a number of services including entitlements and benefits; medical and psychiatric services; referrals to outpatient addiction treatment programs; monitoring of medications; life skills training; individual and group supportive counseling; and housing placement services.

Supportive housing units: Supportive housing is a successful, cost-effective combination of affordable housing with services that helps people live more stable, productive lives. The primary goal was and still is to ensure single adults move rapidly and directly into housing from the street.

Scatter-site program: Scattered-site living provides clients with special needs an opportunity to live in the community in an apartment setting while still receiving supportive services. These programs assist individuals with their reintegration into the community and move toward greater stability and independence. Clients work with Case Managers to develop mutually agreeable goals and service plans aimed at improving their individual lives.

Vocational Training and Readiness Program: UPwards Employment Services is an employment program for individuals with a psychiatric diagnosis who often have multiple barriers to employment: justice histories, poor work histories, substance abuse and/or limited education. The UPwards program incorporates components of the supported employment model that emphasizes quick assessment and job training, collaborative goal setting and job searching, while providing unlimited supportive counseling and resources throughout the job search, placement and beyond.

Headquartered just outside of Manhattan’s Time Square, Urban Pathways has a staff of approximately 300 and a budget of about $24 million. To learn more about Urban Pathways, go to https://www.urbanpathways.org.