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NEW YORK — New York is a great big city with an oversize homeless problem. “It’s partly because of the economy but the biggest problem is the lack of affordable housing,” said Bonnie Stone, president and chief executive officer of Women In Need.

Stone was at the Georg Jensen flagship on Madison Avenue Wednesday night, which was jammed with supporters for WIN working up momentum for the WIN fund-raiser April 11 at the Waldorf-Astoria. “For many people, WIN is the organization that stands between them and the streets,” added Martha Nelson, Time Inc. editorial director, who will be honored at the benefit. In advance of the event, she’ll be visiting a WIN shelter in Brooklyn for the first time.

This story first appeared in the March 2, 2012 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

“It blows people away when they see it because they have an image of what a shelter would be like,” said Stone. “It’s a very large shelter for 400 families. Each has an apartment, like an efficiency, with a lock and key. There’s incredible security and programs for getting people back on their feet, for child care and for recreation.”

Also at the benefit, WIN supporters Karen Harvey, Kayce Freed Jennings, Monica Rich Kosann, Karin Sadove and Leila Maw Straus will be recognized as Chairman’s Circle Award Winners.

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