The Bronx Park Avenue Transitional Housing Program:

NAICA Park Avenue Transitional Housing Program opened its doors in the fall of 2011. It currently has a capacity to house a maximum of 241 employable homeless men referred by Department of Homeless services (DHS). Here we provide case management on an individual basis and offer group sessions in various subject matters. In addition, we work with residents to assist them in getting independent living arrangements through numerous avenues.  

Our Objectives:
  • To increase access/availability for individuals in need of transitional housing placement for no more than (6) months.
  • To secure and place identified individuals into safe and appropriate permanent housing.
  • To assess and prepare eligible individuals with the skills/knowledge to secure vocational/employment opportunity for ultimate self-sufficiency.

2016 CAB Meeting - Left, Mr. Jeffrey Velasquez, from Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson's office, Det. Carmen Tejeda, from the 44th Precinct Community Affairs, Mr. Frank Soto, Park Ave Site Director, Ms. Betty Crawford, President of 44th Precinct Community Council, and Mr. Eduardo LaGuerre, CEO.  

About the NYC Department of Homeless Services, DHS:
 As an agency comprised of 2,000 employees, the Department of Homeless Services remains one of the largest organizations of its kind committed to preventing and addressing homelessness in New York City. As we further this mission, DHS employs a variety of innovative strategies to help families and individuals successfully exit shelter and return to self-sufficiency as quickly as possible.

Collaborating with other public agencies and not-for-profit partners in the private sector, DHS works to prevent homelessness before it occurs, reduce street homelessness and assist New Yorkers to transition from shelter into appropriate permanent housing. With the installation of Commissioner Seth Diamond in 2010, DHS continues to meet its legal mandate to provide temporary, emergency shelter to those experiencing homelessness, while effectively transforming the culture of shelter from the inside out. By increasing our expectations for clients to obtain employment, DHS believes that we are better preparing households for independent living.
For more information on how to qualify:
Visit the DHS Website
Or contact the general DHS Main Number: 
is located on 3339 Park Avenue, Bronx, NY.
Quick Facts: From the Coalition for the Homeless
  • In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
  • In July 2016, there were 60,456 homeless people, including 15,156 homeless families with 23,425 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system.  Families comprise nearly three-quarters of the homeless shelter population.
  • African-American and Latino New Yorkers are disproportionately affected by homelessness. Approximately 58 percent of New York City homeless shelter residents are African-American, 31 percent are Latino, 7 percent are white, less than 1 percent are Asian-American, and 3 percent are of unknown race/ethnicity.
# of Homeless: March 1987: 28,737 - July 2016: 60,456