David Shichman is Director of Resources, Advocacy & Homelessness Prevention at New Alternatives For Children (NAC), a New York City child welfare agency that works with special needs children and their families. In this role, he advocates for change directly with city council members and directors of city agencies. He also assists NAC clients at HRA centers, SSI offices, fair hearings, NYCHA appeals, and other city offices. Additional responsibilities at NAC include food pantry management, camp placement coordination for NAC clients, and family team conference facilitation in NAC’s foster care department.

Mr. Shichman’s experience includes advocacy with respect to benefits and entitlement programs (HRA services, Medicare/Medicaid, and Social Security), as well as extensive work on homelessness prevention. In his personal time, he writes and performs music, travels as much as possible, and reads. Mr. Shichman holds a BA in Psychology from SUNY Purchase College, and an MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work, with a concentration in Policy Practice.