Policy Breakfast: Exploring Strategies for Preventing Homelessness

News & Events | March 10th 2015

With nearly 60,000 individuals in New York City’s shelter system, and homelessness on the rise, there is a desperate need for effective strategies to prevent and reduce homelessness.

On Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, the NYU Furman Center hosted over 150 participants at the NYU School of Law for a policy breakfast on strategies for preventing homelessness. Experts from the academic, government, and non-profit sectors outlined the challenges and opportunities to identify at-risk households and provide the support the need to stay the out of the shelter system.

Panelists included:

  • Rosanne Haggerty, President & CEO, Community Solutions
  • Dan O’Flaherty, Professor of Economics, Columbia University
  • Joanne Oplustil, President & CEO, CAMBA
  • Gilbert Taylor, Commissioner, NYC Department of Homeless Services

NYU Furman Center Faculty Director Ingrid Gould Ellen moderated the panel.

This event was the first of two policy breakfasts the NYU Furman Center is hosting this spring focused on strategies for reducing homelessness in New York City. The second event, to be held in April, will explore strategies for moving currently homeless individuals into stable housing.

For more information on this breakfast, see the event program and opening presentation slide deck.

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