Fight Poverty - The New York Community Trust

From helping renters avoid eviction to training public housing residents for green jobs, we address poverty from many angles. Here is a sample of what we accomplish when we combine the generosity of donors. With your help, we can do more.
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A New Home
A New Home
After living with domestic violence, a girl and her family found a new home with the help of New Destiny Housing, a Trust grantee.

New Yorkers need affordable housing that’s safe, energy efficient, and close to public transit and parks. Homeless people need services and permanent housing to keep them out of shelters. We’ve helped:

  • Preserve affordable housing and press for new apartments that average New Yorkers can afford.
  • Provide housing for survivors of domestic abuse, people with complex health needs, and those aging out of foster care.
  • Design better housing and services for the homeless.
Healthy Food
Healthy Food
The Corbin Hill Food Project used Trust funding to bring fresh, nutritious food to low-income communities in Washington Heights.

From helping emergency food systems run more efficiently to easing the way for more local food to enter the city, we get healthy food to those who need it most. We’ve helped:

  • Bring farmers markets, fresh produce, and community chefs into poor neighborhoods.
  • Create a food-distribution hub in the Bronx to bring more local produce to the city.
  • Ensure that people with cancer get free, nutritious meals during treatment.
The Chef Is In
The Chef Is In
Through a Queens Connect program, young people are provided job training, interview skills, resume building, and paid internships.

We’re ensuring job seekers have the skills employers demand. We’ve helped:

  • Advance public policy to promote fair wages, working conditions, and business practices.
  • Low-income female entrepreneurs develop catering, baking, and other food businesses.
  • Equip low-skilled New Yorkers for jobs in health, technology, and other fields.
A social worker and her client.
In the Field
We’ve helped organizations like the Council on Social Work Education get more students into the field and fully equipped to work with their clients’ unique needs.

The field of social work must evolve to meet the needs of the most vulnerable. The Trust has helped:

  • Improve instruction and courses at social work schools while making field study more relevant to novice social workers.
  • Fund scholarships to support the best and brightest in the field.
  • Prepare social workers to address policy issues that affect those in need.
Two women at an event calling for free public school lunches.
Food Fight
We’ve supported advocates who worked hard to win free lunch for all New York City public school students. Photo courtesy of Community Food Advocates

All New Yorkers should be able to get the basics for themselves and their families. To ensure they receive the services they need, we’ve helped:

  • Win free school lunches for every city public school student.
  • Make government agencies and nonprofits that serve low-income New Yorkers more efficient.
  • Advocate in Congress for maintenance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and affordable housing.