Street to Home a Merit Finalist in National Award Program

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Friday, January 31, 2014

BronxWorks' Street to Home program has been selected as a merit finalist in the Mutual of America’s Community Partnership Award program.  It is a national competition that receives hundreds of applications each year.  Since the award program began 17 years ago, BronxWorks is the only Bronx-based organization among the winners or finalists.  

Street to Home began 18 years ago, when BronxWorks – founded in 1972 with the goal to lessen the burden of poverty for individuals and families living in the South Bronx – teamed with Montefiore Medical Center (MMC) and Care for the Homeless (CFH) to tackle chronic homelessness in the Bronx. The program combines BronxWorks' social work expertise with MMC's and CFH's medical and behavioral resources and is funded by New York City’s Department of Homeless Services.

BronxWorks employs a continuum of care strategy which is implemented by BronxWorks’ department of adult homeless services. The strategy offers medical and mental health care and housing options for single street homeless adults in the borough.  This includes a borough wide mobile street outreach team, a 24-hour drop-in center, and a 50-bed safe haven program, all of which operate with the objective to permanently house homeless individuals. These programs work together seamlessly and allow BronxWorks to work with street homeless individuals from the time they are on the street to the time they are placed in permanent housing. BronxWorks staff has an excellent understanding of their clients and their issues, and can refer them to the housing arrangement that is the best fit for their needs.  

Dr. Andrea Littleton, a physician at MMC and BronxWorks first medical director, accompanies the mobile outreach unit twice a month, providing on-the-spot medical care and prescriptions to the chronically homeless.

"BronxWorks provides a range of shelter and housing options, allowing the mental and physical health issues of the chronically homeless to be managed with far more effective long-term outcomes," says Eileen Torres, Executive Director of BronxWorks.

All nine key partners in the Street to Home program were recognized at an awards luncheon held on January 31st, 2014.  BronxWorks would like to acknowledge them here:

  • New York City Department of Homeless Services
  • Stravros Niarchos Foundation
  • Care for the Homeless
  • New York City Parks Department
  • Boom!Health
  • Cromwell Avenue Safe Haven - Volunteers of America
  • Janian Medical Care at CUCS
  • Common Ground
  • Montefiore Medical Center

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 180 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award, visit

"All of the 2013 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."

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