In 2017, Robin Hood served nearly 9,000 diabetic and prediabetic patients.

Health

OUR APPROACH: Robin Hood invests in both proven and promising interventions to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to health care. We fund free clinics and health centers, and we support programs that provide treatment for chronic diseases that disproportionately affect impoverished communities.

Diabetes is a fast-growing health problem in New York City, disproportionately affecting African-American, Latino, and low-income communities. In the past decade, the number of diabetes cases has spiked to nearly 1 million adults with the disease, up from fewer than 696,000 a decade ago.

Having well-controlled blood glucose levels significantly reduces the likelihood of complications from diabetes, including strokes, amputations, and blindness. To keep New Yorkers as healthy as possible, Robin Hood has more than tripled its investment in diabetes programs — including tech solutions that provide coaching and education to high-risk patients, and our first-ever investment in a diabetes prevention program.

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OUR HEALTH NONPROFIT PARTNERS

a.i.r. nyc
After Hours Project
Aid for AIDS
Brightpoint Health
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
Children's Health Fund
City Health Works
Community Health Action of Staten Island
Housing Works, Inc.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Live Light/Live Right
Military Family Clinic/New York University School of Medicine
Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
Office of Community and Population Health/Montefiore Medical Center
The Institute for Family Health
The Young Men's Clinic/ NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

In 2017, Robin Hood helped more than 5,000 families avoid eviction.

Housing

OUR APPROACH: Homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression. To address this crisis, Robin Hood takes a four-pronged approach: fight eviction; invest in shelters; provide services and support to the chronically homeless; and increase the supply of affordable housing.

Eviction is one of the leading causes of homelessness in New York City. Unforeseen hardships like medical emergencies and unemployment can leave families too far behind in rent to catch up on their own. This year, 21,704 families were evicted across the city. Once a family enters the shelter system, the average stay is 430 days.

The best way to reduce homelessness is to prevent it in the first place. With the help of Robin Hood and our partners, families were able to stay in their homes and avoid the costs and trauma associated with eviction.

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OUR HOUSING NONPROFIT PARTNERS

BRC
Breaking Ground
Bridge Fund of New York
Brooklyn Legal Services
CAMBA
Center for Urban Community Services
Coalition for the Homeless
Community Access
Community Action for Safe Apartments
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Furman Center on Real Estate and Urban Policy/New York University
Goddard Riverside Community Center
HELP USA
Housing Help Program
Housing Rights Initiative
Jericho Project
JustFix
Project Renewal
Samaritan Daytop Village
Services for the UnderServed
Supportive Housing Network of New York
The New York City Acquisition Fund
Urban Pathways, Inc.
Women in Need, Inc.

In 2017, Robin Hood-funded food pantries and soup kitchens provided more than 10 million free meals to over 200,000 individuals.

Hunger

OUR APPROACH: Robin Hood is the largest private funder of emergency food in New York City: We rescue and distribute food to over 1,000 nonprofits across the city; fund food pantries in high-need neighborhoods that provide wraparound services to address the issues underlying food insecurity; and place Single Stop caseworkers at our hunger partners to enroll clients in public benefits programs.

Food banks have seen an uptick in demand that has left many struggling to keep pace: In the last year, 35 percent of pantries had to turn people away, reduce the amount of food they distributed, or limit their hours of operation. At the same time, the cost of healthy food in neighborhood grocery stores is still too high for the average low-income family to get a balanced diet.

Through our Single Stop locations at food pantries, we connected more than 10,000 families to key benefits programs. And we’ve started building partnerships that would make fresh produce more affordable in the neighborhoods that need it the most.

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OUR HUNGER NONPROFIT PARTNERS

City Harvest
Food Bank for New York City
Neighbors Together
New York Common Pantry
Part Of The Solution
Project Hospitality
River Fund
St. John's Bread & Life Program
West Side Campaign Against Hunger

In 2017, immigrants represented by Robin Hood-funded attorneys were 4 times more likely to win their legal cases than those without the help of a lawyer.

Immigration

OUR APPROACH: Robin Hood supports immigrant New Yorkers through legal services, job training, and health care. We help our newest neighbors build strong foundations in the U.S. through work authorization, good jobs, and fair pay.

Nearly half of the New Yorkers living in poverty are immigrants or their children. These families are often disconnected from the formal labor market, and they struggle with health, educational, and language barriers that can impair their integration into the city’s economy. And as federal policies change, young immigrants and DREAMers are trying to understand their options for work and school.

When a Robin Hood-funded attorney takes on a case, clients win more than 90 percent of the time. Attaining legal status opens opportunities for formal employment and boosts earnings by $1,500 per year, or $30,000 over a lifetime. Effective legal services also save lives by ensuring that refugees are able to permanently escape war and persecution in their home countries.

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OUR IMMIGRATION NONPROFIT PARTNERS

Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York
Family Justice Centers/Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
Immigrant Justice Corps
Kids in Need of Defense
Legal Aid Society
Make the Road New York
National Domestic Workers Alliance
New York Legal Assistance Group
NYC Human Resources Administration, Department of Social Services and Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs/Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
Safe Passage Project
Sanctuary for Families
The Door

In 2017, Robin Hood enabled our partners to provide high-quality services to 3,000 low-income babies and toddlers.

Early Childhood

OUR APPROACH: Robin Hood understands that the sooner we can intervene in children’s lives, the greater impact we’ll have on their future trajectories out of poverty. Our early childhood portfolio takes a three-pronged investment approach, serving young children through: high-quality preschool, which helps close the achievement gap; home visits by nurses and highly trained paraprofessionals, who coach families even before a child is born; and intensive therapeutic programs that prevent child abuse and treat developmental disabilities.

Nearly 35 percent of the babies born in New York City are born into poverty. However, there is a dearth of high-quality services available for these vulnerable infants and toddlers as they move through one of the most critical periods of brain development.

This early developmental stage is the most critical to a child’s future, with more than 1 million neural connections forming per second. Gaps between low- and higher-income children begin to appear as early as 18 months. Intervening early and often with services that promote positive parenting, address developmental delays, and provide intensive parent-child therapies significantly improves the chances that low-income children will succeed in school and beyond.

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OUR EARLY CHILDHOOD NONPROFIT PARTNERS

Association to Benefit Children
Bloomingdale Family Program
BronxWorks
Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
Center for Court Innovation
Children's Aid Society
Children's Defense Fund
Children’s Trauma Institute/New York University Silver School of Social Work
Grand Street Settlement
Harlem Children's Zone
Healthy Families New York/Brookdale Hospital
HealthySteps/Montefiore Medical Center
Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service
MDRC
New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center/Montefiore Medical Center
Safe Horizon
SCO Family of Services
Sheltering Arms
South Bronx Early Head Start
Staten Island Mental Health Society
The Children's Cabinet/Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
University of Oregon
University of Oregon Foundation
University Settlement Society
Visiting Nurse Service of New York

In 2017, Robin Hood-funded charter schools closed the math achievement gap, with two-thirds of students passing the math exam.

K-12 Education

OUR APPROACH: Robin Hood attacks the achievement gap from all angles. From schools of all kinds (charter, district, and parochial) to teacher training and technology interventions, from mental health programs to college access, our education portfolio helps low-income students graduate high school, get ready for college, and find success in their careers.

Citywide, only 38 percent of low-income students in grades three through eight met or exceeded the standards in math, compared to 56 percent of students considered economically advantaged statewide and 65 percent of students from low-needs districts.

Education is a powerful tool for breaking the cycle of poverty.  A high school diploma adds about $8,000 a year in wages for every year of an individual’s work life.  Earning a bachelor’s degree adds $28,000 a year for every year of a person’s work life (vs. no high school diploma). That bachelor’s degree is likely to sustainably move the individual — and their future generations — out of poverty.

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OUR K-12 EDUCATION NONPROFIT PARTNERS

Achievement First
Advocates for Children
Astor Services for Children and Families
Blue Engine
Bottom Line
Center for Attention and Learning at Northwell Health
Child Mind Institute
Children's Aid Society
College Advising Corps
CollegeBound Initiative/Young Women's Leadership Network
Comprehensive Development Inc.
Computer Science for All (CS4ALL)
Cristo Rey New York High School
DREAM
DREAM Charter School
Eagle Academy Foundation
East Harlem Scholars Academies
Education Development Center (EDC)
Educators for Excellence
Flocabulary/Fund for Public Schools
Friends of the Children
GO Project
Good Shepherd Services
iMentor
JCCA
KIPP NYC
LightSail/Fund for Public Schools
McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research/New York University Silver School of Social Work
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
New Classrooms Innovation Partners
New Visions for Public Schools
New York City Charter School Center
Northside Center for Child Development
OneGoal
P.S. 516
Parthenon-EY
Partnership for Inner-City Education
Partnership with Children
PowerMyLearning
PROMISE PROJECT
Reading Partners
SCO Family of Services
ScriptEd
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
Success Academy Charter Schools
Teach for America New York
Turnaround for Children
Uncommon Schools
Urban Arts Partnership
Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice, Adams Street Foundation
Zearn

In 2017, Robin Hood community partners helped disconnected New York youth earn their High School Equivalency (H.S.E.) degree — producing a pass rate of 70 percent, compared to the city average of 46 percent.

Youth

OUR APPROACH: Robin Hood empowers disconnected youth to transform their lives and build a promising future by helping them complete their education, get a job, and successfully transition into adulthood. We assist these young people in achieving two key goals: get a good education and curb risky behavior.

There are an estimated 150,000 teens and young adults in New York City who are neither in school nor working. These young people, known as “disconnected youths,” are one of the most vulnerable population in the city — they face higher rates of unemployment, involvement in the criminal justice system, mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness.

A gateway to a more stable future, an H.S.E. degree prepares disconnected youth to enroll in college or find a steady job. For these teens and young adults, earning an H.S.E. degree can make a huge difference in their future options and ultimately provide more pathways out of poverty.

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OUR YOUTH NONPROFIT PARTNERS

Ali Forney Center
Avenues for Justice
BronxWorks
CASES
Center for Court Innovation
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
East Side House Settlement
Future Now at Bronx Community College/The City Unviersity of New York
Goddard Riverside Community Center
Good Shepherd Services
Hetrick-Martin Institute
John Jay College of Criminal Justice/The City University of New York
Kingsborough Community College/The City University of New York
LaGuardia Community College/The City University of New York
Lawyers for Children
New Settlement Apartments
New York Foundling Hospital
NYC District Council of Carpenters Training Center
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
Queens Community House
Safe Horizon
Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center
The Door
The Stella and Charles Guttman Community College/The City University of New York
Turning Point
Union Settlement Association

In 2017, Robin Hood served nearly 12,000 adults in workforce programs.

Job Training

OUR APPROACH: Robin Hood invests in connecting unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers to jobs through training and placement strategies as well as preparing individuals with promising business ideas to become entrepreneurs. We fund microenterprise and employment-readiness initiatives as well as sector-specific training to help individuals obtain the skills required for decent starting positions in local industries with a career path.

Even in periods of relatively low unemployment, minority job seekers see disproportionately high rates of unemployment and underemployment. For young men of color in New York City, the unemployment rate sits at 20 percent — five times higher than the city average of 5 percent. And although there’s a need for trained workers in middle-skills jobs, public resources for workforce training are eroding.

Two-thirds of the adults had no college experience, one-third had limited English proficiency, and more than 40 percent experienced some involvement with the criminal justice system. Securing skills in a sector like health, hospitality, technology, or trade, or getting help with soft skills and access to entry level positions, is a critical element to achieving a decent wage and employment stability.

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OUR JOB TRAINING NONPROFIT PARTNERS

1199SEIU Home Care Industry Education Fund
Asian Americans for Equality
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
Center for Employment Opportunities
Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
Chinese American Planning Council
Coalition for Queens
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst
FDNY Foundation
Fortune Society
Global Talent Pipeline Workforce 1 Career Center
Grace Institute
Henry Street Settlement
Hot Bread Kitchen
Madison Strategies Group
MDRC
Melting Pot Foundation
New York City College of Technology/The City University of New York
Nontraditional Employment For Women
NPower
Per Scholas
PHI
Rebuilding Together NYC
SamaSchool
Selfhelp Community Services
St. Nicks Alliance
STRIVE
Sunnyside Community Services
The HOPE Program
Upwardly Global
Year Up

In 2017, Robin Hood helped over 30,000 low-income New Yorkers enroll in SNAP, commonly known as food stamps, putting almost $75 million worth of food on families’ tables.

Income Security

OUR APPROACH: Robin Hood directly addresses the immediate and financial needs of low-income New Yorkers by investing in access to public benefits (through the Single Stop program), legal and financial housing preservation, immigrant rights, and a microenterprise.

An estimated 250,000 low-income New Yorkers are eligible but don’t claim Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP — also known as food stamps) benefits, potentially leaving thousands of dollars on the table annually.

We estimate that our food stamps efforts have lifted nearly 5,000 New Yorkers out of poverty. Equally important, Robin Hood has helped drive system change within the city’s welfare agency. For the first time ever, the city has entrusted one of our community partners, Benefits Data Trust, with city data to target New Yorkers likely eligible for SNAP. Moreover, in part due to data and advocacy provided by our community partners, the city has simplified its interview processes for SNAP applicants.

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OUR INCOME SECURITY NONPROFIT PARTNERS

Accion East
Benefits Data Trust
Blue Ridge Labs
Bronx Defenders
Center for Court Innovation
Chinese American Planning Council
City Bar Justice Center
FEDCAP Rehabilitation Services
Grameen America
Health Leads
Hunger Free America
Legal Aid Society
Legal Services NYC
Make the Road New York
MDRC
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
Minkwon
Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners
New Economy Project
New York Immigration Coalition
New York Legal Assistance Group
NYC Human Resources Administration, Department of Social Services and Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs/Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
Public Health Solutions
Queens Community House
Research Foundation of CUNY
Single Stop USA
Sunnyside Community Services
The Family Center
Urban Justice Center
Women's Center for Education and Career Advancement

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