We create solutions for homelessness with the unhoused community

1,200+ locations

We have New York City's most relevant selection of social service providers

2,400+ services

All services are validated and updated by our lived-expert employees

16,000+ people served

With over 10,000 people using our solutions to find services in the last 12 months

Our Mission

Why we exist.

Streetlives is an NYC-based non-profit that empowers unhoused individuals through digital products rooted in lived experience.

When someone is facing homelessness or is recently unhoused, their trauma is reinforced by not knowing what help is available. It is also not easy to ask for help in person. We develop collaborative technology solutions that connect service seekers to local resources and bridge the gap between nonprofits and their communities.

We trust and invest in lived experience and involve the community in every product, program, and process we develop. Our vision is a system where every person struggling with homelessness has the agency to make informed and confident decisions about which resources best meet their needs.

Our Solutions

What We Do.

Streetlives’ online platform YourPeer helps young people in New York City access supportive services to prevent homelessness. It is a priority initiative of Opportunity Starts with a Home: New York City's Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness (learn more).

YourPeer was co-designed with young adults and provides information on free or low-cost local services such as food, shelter, housing, clothing, healthcare, personal care, and legal advice. Streetlives' lived-expert Community Information Specialists leverage their intersectional unhoused experiences to curate all content for accuracy and reliability.

YourPeer will continue to evolve to meet the diverse needs of New York's youth, adding feedback on service quality and live peer support, among other improvements. As the most reliable resource for service-seekers in NYC, Streetlives is establishing YourPeer as the go-to place for peer-powered information.

Main image looks over the shoulder of a young woman at New York City. Webpage Buttons link to social services.
Reliability

Peer-validated service information increases trust for clients and reduces work for provider staff

Transparency

Feedback and ratings improve transparency in the system

Accessibility

Accessible online tools improve information distribution and decrease the burden on service providers

Empathy

Co-designing the website with lived experts ensures equitable design and delivery

Visit YourPeer.NYC

"YourPeer changes young people's perspective, making impossible tasks feel manageable. It offers hope."

T. V., unhoused or unstably housed between 19 and 23 years old

"Just the fact that this platform was created by youth is a gamechanger. There is no one’s word I would trust more."

K. J., unhoused or unstably housed between 14 and 25 years old
Team

Who we are .

Streetlives has always been a partnership between lived and professional expertise. Our Community Information Specialists, who have personal experiences navigating the support system, gather, validate, and curate YourPeer's social service information. They work hard to collect and keep social services information up-to-date, increasing the number and diversity of connections for unhoused people. Product experts and board members round out our team, with many decades of experience between them.

doobneek
(they/them)
Community Information Specialist

I'm passionate about helping others and participating in NYC DYCD’s plans to eradicate homelessness.

Kiesha
(she/her)
Community Information Specialist

Because of my previous work experience, I am knowledgeable about health-related services.

Gavilán
(he/him)
Community Information Specialist

My background in user research, marketing, and lived experience helps develop and promote YourPeer.

Anthony
(he/him)
Community Information Specialist

I have experience working with students and families and personally navigating homelessness in NYC.

Liz
(she/her)
Community Information Specialist

I'm eager to support my community because I don't want the future generation to face the same predicament.

Di
(she/her)
Design Director

I aspire to design technology solutions that optimize resource distribution to empower social equity.

Jake
(he/him)
CTO

I use my experience as a technology consultant to develop quality software to better serve our users.

Shakil
(he/him)
Engineer

I’m proficient in design and development, shaping digital experiences with creativity and precision.

Helena
(she/her)
Design Advisor

I like to simplify and humanize technology through design so that it can be accessible to more people.

Adam
(he/him)
Executive Director

I’m driven to build trust and technology in NYC that reduces the suffering of unhoused New Yorkers.

Tom
(he/him)
Director

I leverage decades of startup leadership to drive scalable impact for New York’s unhoused community.

Bishop
(they/them)
Director

As a civic leader, my goal is to unlock each person's potential through innovative solutions.

Cole
(they/them)
Director

Since 2010, I’ve been working to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness.

Partners

We're in this together.

None of this is possible without our incredible partners' collaboration. We’re always looking to welcome more organizations, individuals, and investors to help expand and sustain Streetlives’ innovative work. If you are interested in learning how you can join us, please email yourpeerpartner@streetlives.nyc

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