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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Coalition for the Homeless

A BBB Accredited charity


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Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.
129 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038
Year, State Incorporated:
1981, New York
Bridge Homes, Inc., Bridge Building Management Company , West Seventy Seventh, Inc.
Stated Purpose:
" Coalition for the Homeless is the nation's oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women, and children. We are dedicated to the principle that affordable housing, sufficient food, and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education, and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. (CFTH) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


The Coalition for the Homeless believes that affordable housing, sufficient food and the chance to work for a living wage are the fundamental rights of a civilized society. The coalition realizes these goals through our wide array for direct services, which include: Crisis Intervention, which helps up to 50 people daily access vital benefits and services; Eviction Prevention, which provides one-time grants to cover rental arrears for approximately 500 New Yorkers who have a serious but temporary lapse in their ability to pay rent; Client Advocacy Project, which helps upwards of 100 mentally and physically – disabled homeless secure Social Security benefits and supportive housing; Grand Central Food Program, our mobile soup kitchen that delivers 1,000 meals to homeless and hungry New Yorkers in Manhattan and The Bronx every night of the year; Camp Homeward Bound, a summer sleep-away camp for 300 homeless youth; Bound for Success, an after-school program and Summer day camp that provides education and recreation for 125 homeless youth; First Step Job Training Program, which empowers approximately 130 homeless women to succeed in the workforce; Scattered Site Housing Program, which provides housing for and support services for 48 individuals and 18 families suffering from HIV/AIDS; Coalition Houses, which provides stable, affordable housing to 38 single adults; Bridge Building, which reunites children in foster care with homeless or at-risk mothers in permanent housing; Rental Assistance Program, which subsidizes a portion of monthly rent for 55 homeless families and individuals as they work towards financial independence.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Mary Brosnahan, CEO
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Barry Berke
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Partner / Kramer Levin Naftails & Frankel
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, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 10.8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $9,043,988, 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 CFTH's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  



Government grants


Special events


Rental income


Other income




Interest and investment income


Total Income


Program Expenses  



Crisis intervention




Food Services


Children's program




Job training

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative 3% 
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Beginning net assets $19,644,477
Ending net assets 18,513,423
Total liabilities 661,455

Total assets



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