New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Eastside Taskforce for Homeless Outreach and Services (ETHOS)

Homelessness continues to rise with 23,365 children, 17,847 family members, 3,785 single women, and 9,873 single men in our shelters, and more than 2,794 people on the streets. I launched the Eastside Taskforce for Homeless Outreach and Services (ETHOS) with Borough President Brewer, Senator Krueger, Council Member Garodnick, Department of Social Services (DSS), community and faith leaders and service organizations. We’ve already been able to help a chronically homeless individual in the community who we believe had long been suffering from mental illness, after a resident was willing to come forward working with me, the 19th Precinct, the District Attorney and DSS to get them the help they needed. We hope to get every unsheltered person living on the street the help they need. If you see one of our City’s most vulnerable on the street, please call 311 or use the NYC 311 App (Android/iPhone) to ask them to dispatch a “homeless outreach team.” They will ask where you saw the person, what they looked like, and offer report on whether the person accepts our city’s offer of shelter, three meals a day, health care, rehabilitation, and job training. By connecting our dedicated nonprofits and religious institutions with city services, ETHOS is really making a difference.

The Taskforce includes:

City Agencies:

  • Department of Homeless Services (DHS)
  • Human Resources Administration (HRA)


  • Church of the Epiphany
  • Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
  • Holy Trinity Neighborhood Center
  • Jan Hus Presbyterian Church
  • Madison Avenue Presbyterian
  • St. James' Church
  • Unitarian Church of All Souls


  • Congregation Or Zarua
  • Temple Emanu-El
  • Temple Shaaray Tefila


  • NewYork-Presbyterian
  • Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
  • Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter
  • New York Common Pantry
  • Goddard Riverside (Manhattan Outreach Consortium)

Download the Street Sheet from NCS in PDF

Download the Street Sheet from NCS in PDF

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