Why We Exist
Many New Yorkers face daily hurdles such as housing instability, living with HIV/AIDS, language barriers, domestic violence, and insufficient job skills. Since 1977, CAMBA has helped New Yorkers transform their lives by providing holistic programs to individuals, families and communities.
What We Do
CAMBA takes a comprehensive approach to helping individuals, families and communities thrive, offering integrated programs in: Economic Development, Education & Youth Development, Family Support, Health, Housing, and Legal Services. Our programs build inclusive communities where New Yorkers have the support they need to reach their full potential.
Who We Serve
CAMBA reaches more than 45,000 individuals and families each year, including 10,000 youth. We serve a diverse cross section of New Yorkers from new mothers in Brownsville to job seekers in the Rockaways. More than half of our clients are immigrants and refugees from around the globe. Over 85% of our families are in living in poverty, reflecting the challenges faced by nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers today.
Who We Are
CAMBA's dedicated staff of over 1,600 represents the diversity of the communities we serve: 89% of staff are people of color, 15% are former CAMBA clients with intimate knowledge of the issues our current clients face, and 25% speak a language other than English, accounting for 35 different languages.
Where We Are
CAMBA's services are accessible from more than 80 locations throughout the five boroughs.
CAMBA's comprehensive approach yields powerful results. Last year, we:
- Preserved 454 units of affordable housing in Staten Island, demonstrating our dedication to creating opportunities for families to reside in their own permanent, affordable homes
- Placed 522 unemployed people in jobs paying an average of $11.75 per hour
- Counseled 594 crime victims through CAMBA's Victim Assistance Program
- Helped 1,640 people living in supportive housing units, including people who are formerly homeless, struggle with mental health or substance use, or are living with HIV/AIDS
- Engaged 1,683 elementary and middle school students in after- school programs and summer camps
- Prevented 3,733 families from becoming homeless through our HomeBase program
- Volunteers provided 28,728 hours of service in our Respite Bed program, cooking 7,693 meals and providing safe, welcoming overnight accommodations to 549 homeless adults
- Distributed more than 877,000 condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/ AIDS in low- income communities
For 40 years, CAMBA has helped New Yorkers build and sustain vibrant neighborhoods with services that lay the groundwork for economic stability, educational fulfilment, strong families and a healthy life. CAMBA’s 20/20 Vision lays out tangible solutions that support diverse communities where New Yorkers – regardless of their zip codes – have the resources and supports they need to reach their full potential.
Read about CAMBA's Strategic Plan.