Homeless Outreach Program
Since December 2007, the Flatiron Partnership, through a contract with Urban Pathways, has been working to address homelessness in the district. A two-person team of trained outreach workers offers ongoing assistance, program referrals, and shelter and housing options to those in need of these services. The team works with individuals to understand and address their specific needs; provides transportation to shelter and treatment facilities; and works with the individuals on referrals for a more permanent housing solution.
Urban Pathways, which was formed in 1975, is a non-profit community-based service agency that provides assistance to the homeless by helping to add stability and independence to their lives, enabling them to eventually move off the streets and into permanent housing.
The Flatiron Partnership’s Homeless Outreach Team is on duty 21 hours per week.
Click here to download AT-A-GLANCE Services in Times of Need, a pocket sized card with information on various services, distributed by the BID’s Homeless Outreach Team and Public Safety Officers.
East Side Alliance
The Flatiron Partnership is a founding member of the East Side Alliance, a networking partnership of organizations, agencies, institutions, law enforcement, businesses and community groups that share a common vision and are committed to encourage an economically successful and safe neighborhood in which individuals and families have the opportunity to pursue a prosperous and healthy life.
Throughout the year, East Side Alliance participants, under the direction of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, meet regularly to discuss the efforts of the Alliance. While the NYPD has continued to be vigilant regarding illegal activities, area methadone clinics have successfully warned or discharged numerous patients who have committed drug crimes or other quality-of-life disturbances within the Alliance catchment area. The regular sharing of information and ongoing assessment of conditions through these efforts has led to a noticeable improvement within the Flatiron district.