The Fall Back into Fitness! Step Challenge -- October 18th through the 24th -- will raise critical funds to expand our housing and increase our services, including educational programming for children. Now is your chance to get moving for a good cause: please help us reach our collective goal of 20,000,000 steps toward our 20th year and $75,000 in support.
Congratulations to Rita Zimmer for begin a recipient of the 2022 AARP Purpose Prize award for her 40+ years of dedicated work for women in need and 20 years of leadership at HousingPlus.
Our mission is to provide community-based housing and comprehensive services to women, including women with children, to support them in overcoming poverty, homelessness, addiction, trauma, and the effects of incarceration, in order to build lives of stability, and to define and realize goals for themselves and for their families.
In 2002, HousingPlus opened its doors to six families and six single women who had been incarcerated and homeless and needed safe housing and assistance to re-enter the community. We handed each woman a key to her own apartment. Our hallmark is our unwavering commitment to addressing the lack of housing and services for historically underserved and marginalized NYC women and their children, including female veterans, justice-involved women, and women with histories of mental health challenges, sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance use, chronic illness, adverse childhood experiences, and other trauma.
Our impact is strong and profound—over the years, we have helped hundreds of women access the resources needed to secure safe and stable housing, become self-sufficient, and build family stability. Today, we house approximately 176 families and single women across eight programs in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.