What We Do
Highland Park Community Development Corp. (HPCDC) administers an array of programs to address the problems of homelessness in New York City. Our programs provide a continuum of services for homeless, at risk and low-income households. HPCDC programs are designed to provide shelter for the homeless, and offer essential services to stabilize housing situations and increase levels of self-sufficiency. We take pride in our ability to provide shelter, awaken hope and honor dignity in every person who seeks comfort, support or assistance through our programs. With outstanding support from the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS), Tilden Hall opened the doors to its new, stand-alone homeless shelter on (date).The new facility offers studio’s and one bedroom apartments; daycare and indoor play space and literacy programs for children; guests can access employment and housing information; and an on-site mini resource center where guests can access information on potential employment and housing opportunities.
We believe that all services provided to those in need should be done so in love, offering hope, and compassion. We believe that addictions can be overcome through medical treatment and deep, abiding, healthy relationships. We believe that homelessness is a temporary condition that, when desired, can be overcome with personal healing, educational assistance, housing and employment.
MEET OUR HOUSING SPECIALISTS
Job Title : Housing Specialist
Program : Tilden Hall Family Residence
Agency : Highland Park Community Development Corp.
The Housing Specialist assists with housing search and placement along with leveraging supportive services that will assist the participant household to maintain permanent housing. Housing Specialists at Tilden Hall Family Residence provides assistance to each resident family during their search to qualify, locate, and secure permanent living status. With a variety of different Housing Programs available in NYC, the Housing Specialist will help to identify programs and support services. The Housing Specialist will also assist in your search for a suitable and affordable home, within the parameters of your qualifications. Our Housing Specialists will:
- Conduct weekly meetings residents of the facility to discuss housing options
- Maintain accurate and timely updated notes on all housing encounters with client
- Complete and submit application inquiries for qualified housing programs on behalf of client
- Explain programs details to client or potential options in the TriState Area
- Refer Clients to potential viewings or housing opportunities that become available
- Complete and Submit all program completed Move Packages
- Physically Inspect Apartment Units
- Provide mediation and advocacy with brokers/landlords/DHS and HRA on the client’s behalf to develop a workable plan to obtain and or maintain housing.
- Provide information and referral assistance regarding available support from appropriate social service agencies and/or community programs.
- Apply knowledge of residential lease contracts to educate clients of their rights and responsibilities.
- Assist client with acquiring Move Truck
Our responsibilities include orienting all eligible participants to the program and providing housing search and supportive services to promote participants self-sufficiency, integration into the community, and permanency in housing; performing administrative tasks involved in the review and maintenance of a caseload of program participants. The principal duties are performed both in a general office environment and in the field and community where program participants reside. We proudly assist participants in development of a strength-based/solution-focused individualized goal and action plan that promotes permanent housing and self-sufficiency; develop an effective, timely referral network in order to ensure ongoing direction and support as needed.
Client Care Coordination
Client Care Coordination Services provide additional support services to shelter residents in order to improve their ability to obtain and maintain permanent housing. We provide:
- Comprehensive Assessment of resident needs.
- Mental Health & Substance Use Screening
- Crisis Intervention
- Referrals to needed services
- Coordination of Care with off-site service providers
- Short-Term Evidence-Based Counseling
- Psychoeducational Group Services
- Home Hygiene Psychoeducation Service
At Childcare, all of our activities and lesson plans are designed to keep the children engaged and reinforce early childhood education learning strategies. Some of our signature activities are: Circle Time includes, reading different books to the children and allowing them to identify colors, shapes, and animals in various books – we always applaud their efforts and skills to build self-confidence. Lesson Time focuses on crucial early childhood skills such as handwriting their names, recognizing similar and different things such as shapes, sizes, colors, and doing arts& crafts worksheets that help teach and reinforce knowledge of their ABCs 123s, colors, and shapes. Free Play is just that, fun playtime together. During this time, the children play with different toys and games while also learning overall social skills – interacting and sharing with each other. At Childcare, we promote a language-rich environment – one in which children are surrounded by talking, singing, and reading. We have many opportunities throughout their day, across all activities, to communicate with others and engage in back-and-forth conversations. A rich language environment is essential to children’s early learning. It can have substantial effects on early language, vocabulary, reading, math skills, and children’s social-emotional development. In addition to these activities, we serve healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks to reinforce healthy eating to keep our children energized throughout the day