KEVIN COPE: Bergen Street resident

“I asked my higher power – I asked God – ‘If you get me through this, I’ll do anything to make sure that I can give back.'”

Once homeless himself, Kevin struggled with depression and drug addiction. When he tried to harm himself, he was placed in a psychiatric ward and then a drop-off center to transition to housing. He was assigned to our Bergen Street Residence, where he found his forever home.

LSSNY has helped Kevin achieve stability by linking him to mental health services and by building strong therapeutic relationships with supportive housing staff. We have assisted him with his finances, appointments, and housing. He’s been able to increase his sense of worth and motivation to do better for himself as well as give back to the community. Kevin’s transformation has been nothing short of miraculous. Not only has he put his life back together, but he is now a co-chairperson running shelters. He secured an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program certification through the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and successfully completed accessibility clerk training through the Board of Elections in the City of New York. Additionally, former Mayor Bill de Blasio awarded Kevin a certificate of recognition

This past fall, Kevin received yet another honor.

Out of over 50,000 units of supportive housing in NYC, two tenants were selected by the Supportive Housing Network of New York to receive the award of 2021 Outstanding Tenant of the Year. Kevin was one of them! In a moving video, he shares his story.