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Stabilizing Families Through Eviction Prevention

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Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is a recipient of United Way of New York City’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) – funding that provides financial support to low-income New Yorkers on an emergency basis to prevent hunger, preserve housing, provide shelter, and support basic needs.

With the funding Lenox Hill received from United Way, combined with pro-bono legal services, they were able to change the lives of 47 year old Ms. C and her two daughters. Ms. C is a single mother, who after a terrible accident, suffered severe and debilitating injuries—requiring multiple surgeries, and preventing her from working. As a result, the family began to fall behind in their rent, and were facing possible court eviction.

United Way’s EFSP funding provided Ms. C with one month of rental assistance, helping stabilize the crisis, while Lenox Hill Neighborhood House provided pro-bono legal advice and other basic needs like food, Medicaid, and disability benefits.

The combination of the EFSP grant and the connection to necessary services, prevented a family from spiraling into crisis, and instead got them back up on their feet—ensuring financial stability, positive well-being, and most importantly the security to remain in their home.

Ms. C is just one example of how eviction prevention funding can keep a family on the path of self-sufficiency, and prevent a major crisis. This year, EFSP allocated nearly $2.3 million toward eviction prevention, and served more than 2,700 households with rent and utility assistance.

*Names changed to protect identity.*  

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