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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Unique People Services

A BBB Accredited charity


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Unique People Services, Inc.
4234 Vireo Avenue
Bronx, NY 10470
Year, State Incorporated:
1991, New York
Unique People Services - AIDS Programs, Inc.
Stated Purpose:
" Unique People Services' mission is to serve, holistically and without judgement, those who may have been denied compassionate and considerate treatment elsewhere due to their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, developmental level, health status, or criminal or substance abuse history. We are dedicated to providing a home and supportive services to persons with special and challenging needs - men and women we consider to be members of our family. Our staff strives to make these homes the warmest, safest and most welcoming environments in which to live. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Unique People Services, Inc. (UPS) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Since 1991, UPS has grown from a 10 bed Intermediate Care Facility for the developmentally disabled in the Bronx to our current multifaceted 21 supportive housing programs in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. Each year we provide services for over 700 individuals with more than 500 living within one of our residences. They receive meals and other support services that include case management, recreational services and nutritional counseling focusing on achieving the highest possible level of independent living. We offer both transitional and permanent housing for formerly homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS, long term and permanent housing for formerly homeless individuals with a mental illness and permanent housing for adults with developmental disabilities. Our HIV/AIDS transitional housing programs help residents stabilize their lives, assist them in securing entitlements and refer them to permanent housing. Referrals are also made for medical and psychological care and substance abuse counseling. Our HIV/AIDS transitional housing programs, located in the Bronx and Manhattan, accommodate 73 individuals. Through our permanent and supportive housing programs, up to 229 formerly homeless single persons and families are housed in scatter site apartments in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. Our Bainbridge Care Coordination Program is a partnership formed in 2009 with Montefiore Medical Center AIDS Center in the Bronx. We assist up to 180 individuals who are newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS or have refused to receive care consistently during the previous nine months, to ensure they are educated about their disease, supported with medication management and connected or reconnected with consistent medical care in a timely and coordinated manner. Treatment and housing for individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses in New York State has moved away from hospitals and into the community. UPS is helping to address this need within the community through its five mental health housing programs in the Bronx. We operate two Community Residence Single Room Occupancy facilities (Haven Apartments and John G. Hunter Apartments) that provide services to 98 formerly homeless mentally ill men and women. For those who are capable of living in a more independent setting, UPS operates three Supported Housing Programs (II, III & IV) which provide permanent housing to 68 formerly homeless mentally ill men and women and their families. Unique People Services operates nine programs in the Bronx and Queens that provide housing and supportive services to 47 adults with developmental disabilities.


Chief Executive Officer:
Yvette Brissett-Andre, Executive Director/CEO
Chair of the Board:
Jean E. Jeremie
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Director of Finance & Administration/The Fresh Air Fund
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements (newspapers, magazines, etc.), grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were .1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $12,444,285, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on UPS's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Government grants




Participant Fees


Other revenues


Special events (net)




Total Income


Program Expenses  

AIDS program


Home and community-based services


Community residences


Intermediate care facilities

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 92%  Fund Raising: %  Administrative 8% 
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Beginning net assets $5,571,737
Ending net assets 5,755,357
Total liabilities 9,294,597

Total assets



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