On April 2nd, Win hosted a roundtable discussion on breaking the cycle of homelessness for the children currently living in New York City’s shelter system. Win was joined by some of the leading experts and policy makers in the field making for an informative and productive discussion about the future wellbeing of our City’s homeless children.
The conversation focused on the unique needs of children at different stages in their growth and development, how living in shelter can impact those stages, and how all of the stakeholders involved can develop programs to address these challenges.
In the course of the discussion, Gilbert Taylor, Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Homeless Services (DHS), announced the creation of a new, inter-agency task force, designed to unite the many constituencies committed to the well-being of these homeless children.
“The issue of child homelessness is incredibly complex and requires both public and private engagement,” said Bonnie Stone, President and CEO of Win. “Commissioner Taylor has demonstrated tremendous leadership on this issue and there is no doubt that united we will be stronger and more effective in working to breaking the cycle of homelessness.”
We would like to extend a special thanks to our moderator and panelists:
Journalist, WABC Eyewitness News
Carmela J. DeCandia, Psy.D.
Director, The National Center on Family Homelessness at AIR
Jennifer March, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York
Executive Director of The Robin Hood Foundation
President & CEO of Win
Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Homeless Services