Our Events in 2021

Homeless New Yorkers Day of Remembrance

The Longest Night of the Year Candlelight Vigil

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 | 7:00p Eastern

Pershing Square | 42nd Street at Park Avnue

(New Location)

On National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day, join helpNYC and other community leaders in remembering the neighbors we have lost due to homelessness. The Longest Night of the Year Candlelight vigil will bring together New Yorkers to shed light on the solvable epidemic of homelessness in New York City.

Communities Speak Survey Community Partnership Event

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 4:00p

Online via Zoom

helpNYC will be holding an online event for community-based and faith-based organizations, advocacy groups, elected officials, government agencies, and other community initiatives that provide support, advocacy, or direct services in New York City on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 4:00p.

Columbia University’s Communities Speak project wishes to partner with groups and organizations to see how they can help get the word out about their Winter survey for New Yorkers to provide feedback about their experience living and seeking services in New York City. At the December 1st event, past survey findings will be presented and a roundtable discussion will be held for participants to ask questions and discuss strategies for disseminating the survey to New Yorkers.

This event is a part of helpNYC’s Organizational Support program. The program helps organizations and community groups that serve New Yorkers to lower barriers to their services in the community through consultation, technical support, advocacy, policy research, and events.

Homelessness in New York and How We Can Solve It

Presented by the Midtown South Community Council | Co-Sponsored by helpNYC

Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 6:00p Eastern

Online Event via Zoom | Registration requested.

Midtown South Community Council (MSCC) and its partners invite New Yorkers to "The Current State of Homelessness In New York and How We Can Solve It" Forum at 6:00 PM Thursday, November 18, 2021.

The expert panel includes Erin Kelly, RxHome; Lauren Curatolo, Midtown Community Court; Professor Terrance Coffie, New York University; Marquis Jenkins, Residents to Preserve Public Housing (RPPH). Ted Houghton, Gateway Housing, will moderate the Forum.

Forum Sponsors and partners are: Gateway Housing, Interfaith Assembly on Homeless and Housing, helpNYC, Midtown Community Court, New York State Council of Churches, RxHome, Second Chance Studios, Trinity Church Wall Street Congregational Council, The Social Justice Network, Educate Don't Incarcerate, The Dwelling House, Residents Preserve Public Housing (RPPH), and DJM Studios.

Non-Prophets Podcast: Humanizing Homelessness

Monday, November 1, 2021

Twitch TV & Podcast Platforms

Renowned Comedians Franqi French, Stephen Campbell, and Co-Founder Rue Parkin talk about homelessness and personal experiences with mental health challenges.

Recovery Orientated Language Presentation

Thursday, September, 2021 | 6:00p EasternAn online meeting of the Midtown South Community Council

The Midtown Community Council welcomes helpNYC Co-Founder J. RueMel Parkin to their monthly Quality Of Life Community Engagement Meeting to speak about the importance of using Recovery Orientated Language in working with New Yorkers experiencing homelessness. Rue will be presenting a shortened version of their Peer Delivered Services lecture.

Homeless Rights Month in New York City 2021

July 1 - 31, 2021 | Online Social Actions

Homeless New Yorkers, led by directly impacted advocates Shams DaBaron and Maria Walles, have declared July Homeless Rights Month in NYC. Together with a broad coalition of advocacy groups, we are doing 30 days of actions throughout the month, including a march on Gracie Mansion on July 10.

helpNYC is proud to participate in this Month of bringing awareness to the challenges that New Yorkers experiencing Homelessness experience and elevating their stories for change!

helpNYC's Actions for Homeless Rights Month

Homelessness during COVID-19: State of the City

by Tahreem Nawaz | July 18, 2021 | Read on Medium.com

Homelessness in NYC: A Solution is Ready!

by J. RueMel Parkin | July 18, 2021 | Read on Medium.com

Romemu Food Justice Panel

Sunday, June 13, 2020 | 7:00p EasternRSVP Requested

Keynote Speaker: Karen Washington, Co-owner/Farmer at Rise & Root Farm

Panelists: Chris Nickell, Deputy Chief of Staff to NY State Senator to Robert Jackson; Kathryn Graybill, Development Director of Broadway Community and Co-Chair of the Food Assistance Collective of New York; Rev. Sensei Daiken Nelson, founder of Mandala Café; Natalia Malone-Hernandez, educator, artist, and mutual-aid organizer.

Moderated by: Lauren Ahava Jacobs and Rabbi Mira Rivera

Presented by: Romemu Social Action Committee

Spring Fling Fundraiser

A Virtual BINGO Extravaganza
with Peachez Iman Cummings
benefiting the work of helpNYC

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 7:00p

Tickets: Free - $50

Sponsored by Humbler.co, The Grey Dog, and Think Coffee.

helpNYC raised over $1,100!

Empowered by helpNYC, Vocal-NY, Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, Neighbors Together, and Human.NYC

Supporting by New York Housing Conference, Neighborhood Benches, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness, Miss Abbie's Kids Inc.

Mayoral Candidates Talk with Homeless New Yorkers

Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 5:30p

Zoom Webinar | Click here to Register

UWS Open Hearts Initiative and Da Homeless Hero UWS Open Hearts Initiative and Da Homeless Hero are presenting a Mayoral Candidate Forum where candidates answer to the experts on homelessness: Homeless New Yorkers. In this first-of-its kind event, all questions to candidates will be posed by directly impacted individuals experiencing homelessness. Join us to elevate the voices of directly impacted New Yorkers holding mayoral candidates accountable, and ensuring a better approach to homelessness in the next administration.