Early Childhood Education

Our Early Childhood Education Centers provide high-quality childcare and programming for our youngest learners, from literacy to active play. Early intervention is critical to children’s future success in school, kick-starting their academic and social skills.

In addition, we offer nurseries for babies under 24 months for resident families. Learn more about which sites are open to community members as well as Family Residence families.

Afterschool & Recreation

At Afterschool & Recreation, youth can get homework help plus enrichment programming like STEAM workshops, art and pottery, multimedia communications labs, sports and dance teams, or even create and run their own Youth Councils. Each site-based program has its own mascot, inspired by the children.

Family Services & Employment Services

Families access a wide range of support services from a team of Housing Specialists, Employment Specialists, Case Mangers, and Client Care Coordinators. Services include free, site-based assistance as well as referrals to specialized services throughout NYC.


HFH’s research and policy work is geared toward the usefulness to HFH field-based staff—from informing the need for new programs to better understanding trends within one shelter location or across sites. It is tied to HFH’s core mission of serving families with children who reside in shelters.

You can find HFH’s latest policy work in the What’s New section of our website and/or posted or disseminated through our affiliated organization, the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH).

Open to all HFH Residents

Open to the Community

Allie’s Place Center for Culinary Education & Employment

Allie’s Place Center for Culinary Education & Employment is an employment training and placement center designed to prepare adult students for employment in a variety of food industry settings, including commercial and institutional kitchens, restaurants, cafes, and cafeterias. The Center is enrolling students who reside in one of HFH’s family residences and from the local Bronx community.

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