Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless, Inc. (New York, NY)


  • Name:Ms. Malin Bergman
  • Title:Grant Writer

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless, Inc.
  • Address:598 Broadway
    7th Floor
    New York, NY 10012-3352
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:2122740550
  • Main fax:6466138276

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User Phone

  • Mobile phone:9173283989

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  • Mission:
  • The Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE) provides vocational rehabilitation services for the homeless men and women of New York City, enabling them to transition to self-sufficiency and establish economic independence.

  • Overview:
  • Since our inception in1992, we have helped nearly 2,000 homeless New Yorkers obtain the skills, guidance and support they needed to rebuild their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. We serve more than 400 people each year through our four programs, listed below.

    Project Comeback is our vocational rehabilitation program, which furnishes recovering homeless individuals with the skill development they need to gain full-time employment and economic independence. Program participants gain supported work experience on the ACE maintenance crew, providing street sweeping, snow/ice removal and horticultural services throughout NYC. They also receive job readiness training (interview etiquette; workplace conduct), basic adult education (literacy; math; computer knowledge), employability-skills training/certification (Occupational Safety & Health Administration [OSHA]; Food Protection; MS Office), and vocational support services (job search assistance; mock interviews; access to professional clothing). Participants attend the program five days weekly for 4-6 months, graduating once they secure full-time employment.

    Our Adult Education Program is an essential cornerstone of Project Comeback. The program offers daily classes and workshops in literacy (basic reading and writing skills; résumés and cover letters; filling out job applications; crafting thank you notes), numeracy (household budgeting; balancing a checkbook; understanding a paystub), computer proficiency (email use; online job search), and job readiness/life skills development (interview etiquette; workplace ethics; time management; conflict resolution).

    Project Stay is our aftercare/retention program, which provides Project Comeback graduates with lifelong support and enrichment services aimed at helping them retain employment, explore opportunities for career growth, and continue to develop their living skills, particularly those pertaining to financial literacy and money management. Our program coordinator and aftercare associate stay in frequent contact with graduates through phone calls, in-office meetings and workplace visits. Further, Project Stay offers regular support groups with a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, as well as a variety of workshops geared toward professional advancement; covering topics such as communication skills, time management, conflict mediation and work/life balance. Three times each year, we offer a comprehensive three-night financial literacy workshop for new program graduates, teaching the basics of household budgeting, credit repair and savings/investment management. In addition, we hold monthly career-oriented and recreational events, including career days, women’s events and nutrition workshops.

    Project Home is our housing program, which was launched in 2012. The program assists select ACE graduates during their transition to living independently, by providing them with a declining three-year rent subsidy to help meet the financial demands of living in their own homes. In return, participants must pursue education and/or hard-skills training to increase their earning power and develop their career prospects.

    A vital component of ACE’s programming is the community support and shared expertise we have access to through our partnerships with neighborhood businesses, community agencies and non-profit organizations. We have strong and long-standing relationships with several for-profit and non-profit organizations, which commit substantial resources, volunteer hours and auxiliary services to help further our mission. Below are just a few of our partner organizations and the services they provide to help maximize the support and resources available to our participants:

    • Apple (computer classes)
    • T.D. Bank (free bank accounts)
    • New York Public Library (ABE and GED prep classes)
    • Horticultural Society of New York (horticultural training)
    • Community Service Society (free legal advice; financial literacy coaching)
    • Dress For Success and CareerGear (professional interview attire)
    • Nazareth House (free tax prep)
    • Barbee Family Health Center (low-cost healthcare)
    • Metropolitan College of New York (full scholarship to one outstanding program graduate each year)
    • St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral (3-month full-time internship for one program participant)
    • Highbridge Community Development Corporation (subsidized apartments for Project Home participants)

  • History:
  • Back Story:
    Philanthropist Henry Buhl founded ACE more than 20 years ago. On a summer morning in 1992, when Mr. Buhl was exiting his loft on Greene Street in SoHo, Manhattan, a homeless man asked him for $20. Figuring, “if you give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime,” Mr. Buhl offered the man $20 in exchange for sweeping the sidewalk in front of his building, and then rallied the stores in his neighborhood to follow suit. Within months, word had spread about the new initiative – recovering homeless men and women were eager to join the sweeping crew and get the chance to start rebuilding their lives. Mr. Buhl began to accept referrals from homeless outreach organizations, and soon founded the SoHo Partnership, an early predecessor to ACE. Today, ACE has grown from a local job-training program into a multi-faceted organization that addresses all of our participants’ needs, including education, life skills development, personal mentoring and job readiness coaching. Moreover, our street sweeping crews have expanded their scope to provide community improvement, sanitation and beautification services all over NYC.

    Funding History/Sustainability:
    ACE brings a successful and long-running history of securing funding for our services: since our inception in 1992, our programming and operations have been fully funded by grants and donations from private foundations, corporations and individual donors, as well as by fees collected from the NYC business improvement districts, private businesses and residential buildings that purchase our crew’s maintenance services. Our top FY2013 institutional funders to date are: 1) Charles Evans Foundation ($101,000); 2) Robin Hood Relief Fund ($65,000); 3) Bloomberg Philanthropies ($25,000); 4) Bon Jovi Family Foundation ($25,000); 5) Irvin Stern Foundation ($25,000).

    The ACE Difference:
    Indeed, there is a multitude of New York-based initiatives providing services comparable to ours (e.g., the Doe Fund, Center for Employment Opportunities, Project Renewal Next Step, and Back on My Feet) – the key differences setting ACE apart are as follows:

    1) Approach to Job Placement: A key feature of our programming philosophy is the emphasis we place on instilling accountability, responsibility and self-efficacy. In particular, while many other agencies routinely place participants in jobs that were secured through partnerships or created specifically for the purpose of the program, ACE requires participants to conduct their own job search, collect employment leads and handle application procedures independently. We believe that teaching participants the skills they need to actively find and secure their own jobs, rather than simply placing them in employment, will generate more efficient and long-lasting outcomes. Indeed, this claim is supported by our strong retention statistics: 68% of our graduates remain employed for one year or longer.

    2) Work Experience: Contrary to some of the organizations mentioned, ACE provides program participants with rigorous real-time work experience, starting at the time of enrollment. This enables us to identify any particular challenges or issues, including chronic tardiness or absenteeism, trouble following directions, etc., and suggest solutions to improve workplace conduct and attitude, thus ensuring participants develop the professionalism necessary to find and keep private sector employment.

    3) Lifelong Support for Program Graduates: Many formerly homeless New Yorkers graduate from re-entry programs and start their new jobs with great excitement, only to end up feeling intimidated by the world of work and unprepared for employer demands. Often without adequate support systems in place, these men and women are at high risk for relapse and losing everything they worked so hard to accomplish. In order to prevent such backsliding, ACE offers a comprehensive aftercare/retention program, Project Stay, which provides Project Comeback graduates with lifelong support and enrichment services aimed at helping them retain employment, explore opportunities for career growth, and continue to develop their living skills, particularly those pertaining to financial literacy and money management. Our aftercare services include workshops (financial literacy; career exploration), support groups, recreational events, and frequent outreach through phone calls, in-office meetings and workplace visits.

  • Year established:1992
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:18


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:13-3846431

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:133846431
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:598 BROADWAY 7TH FLOOR
  • Organization City:NEW YORK
  • Organization State:NY
  • Organization Zip:10012-3352
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1995
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 602
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:S20Z
  • Asset Amount:$774,745
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$4,080,388
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$3,960,253
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:58:48 am

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