Since 1985, The Doe Fund has helped more than 30,000 individuals break the devastating cycle of poverty, homelessness, and incarceration. Its Ready, Willing & Able program provides paid work, housing, and supportive services to homeless and formerly incarcerated men in New York City. As the iconic Men in Blue, program participants clean over 115 miles of city streets as part of a Doe Fund-operated social enterprise before transitioning to paid career training in skilled trades and other living wage fields. Ready, Willing & Able graduates are 62% less likely to recidivate than demographically identical peers.
In addition, The Doe Fund operates a portfolio of nearly 900,000 square feet of permanent affordable and supportive housing. Its 12 residences in operation and development throughout New York City provide state-of-the-art, safe homes with on-site social services to over 1,000 individuals and families struggling with substance abuse, mental illness, and other disabilities.