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Families are referred to the facility via a contractual relationship with N.Y.C. Department of Homeless Services.  Families share fully equipped , furnished apartments for 4-8 months after which time they move on to permanent affordable housing. Mothers are required to attain employment so that they, despite the availability of housing assistance, can meet the required rent contribution in order to obtain and maintain permanent housing.
The shelter staff is compiled if 17 dedicated men and women who provide 24 hour per day, 7 days per week care and services to the families. 

Program  Services and  Activities

  • Temporary/emergency shelter for families deemed homeless and referred by DHS.Assistance in obtaining permanent affordable housing generally funded via subsidized housing programs.
  • Information, advocacy and referral services to connect families to special needs resources including childcare, mental/health services, etc.
  • Independent living workshops to empower mothers toward their quest for self- sufficiency
  • Employment assistance, career counseling, job search , etc.
  •  Cultural, social and educational activities sponsored by the facility or by outside entities that support our efforts.
  • Daily interaction geared to counseling/advising on personal issues, parenting, home management, etc.
  • “Attire to Inspire” is the on-site free clothing bank that helps families to prepare for employment and clothe their children.
  • On site food pantry for emergency situations


Kianga House Staff

Daphne Busby

Founding Shelter Director

Andrea Carrington

Assistant Director

LaVonne Wright

Housing Specialist

Shaundalee Francis

Administrative Assistant

Lorna Feracho

Home Management Counselor

Marsha Gayle

Family Aide

Lorina McFarlane

Family Monitor

Donnalee Berry

Case manager

Lillian Shields

Family Monitor

Crystal Brockington

Family Monitor

Kortney Wilson

Family Monitor

Edna Ejemai

Family Monitor

Milroy Bobb

Security Monitor

Jefferson Brown

Security Monitor

John Feracho

Security Monitor

Christine DaBreo

Security Monitor/Family Monitor

Lenox Pitt

Security Monitor

Guy Wiltchire

Security Monitor

Khalid Rahman


Alwin Calliste

Assist. Super

*includes per-diems





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