Press Release Article


Date: Apr 13, 2004
Press Release Number: 43-2004

Lease Extension Will Support Homeless Drop-In Center

The Port Authority has extended its lease with Urban Pathways to operate the Open Door, a drop-in homeless center located near the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Lincoln Tunnel. Urban Pathways, a nonprofit agency, will rent the space for $5 annually through June 2009.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, \"Since 1988, the Open Door has met the basic needs of thousands of men and women and improved their lives through its supportive services. We are pleased to continue our partnership with the agency and share in its positive impact on the community.\"

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, \"The Open Door center has grown into a 24-hour-a-day, multi-service facility, serving up to 200 men and women daily. The center provides meals, shelter, clothing and showers to individuals. It also offers medical and psychiatric treatment and substance abuse counseling. We are proud to support the organization’s work and its impact on the lives of its clients.\"

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, \"Many Open Door clients graduate to long-term residences also provided by Urban Pathways. This opportunity improves their quality of life and brings them one step closer to stability and independence.\"

The Port Authority partners with Urban Pathways to provide other services for the homeless community, including Operation Alternative, an outreach program at the bus terminal that provides counseling and referral services.

Urban Pathways assists nearly 9,000 homeless adults each year. Through its nine programs, the organization reaches the most destitute and isolated individuals in New York City. Since the agency’s start in 1980, Urban Pathways has helped more than 100,000 homeless women and men.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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