Supportive housing doesn't exist in a vacuum. Residences are located in neighborhoods rich with culture, community and commerce. As such, they're designed to either blend seamlessly with their surroundings or improve the overall look and feel of their neighborhoods. Housing providers often build on blighted blocks or rehabilitate unsightly buildings, which paves the way for neighborhood renewal. And because these buildings provide services to tenants and often feature front-desk security, supportive housing often leads to improved community safety and lower crime rates. Supportive housing residences are run by locally-based nonprofits that must remain accountable and responsive to their communities to stay in operation. For these reasons, studies have shown that supportive housing does not decrease and often increases property values.
The following quotes from local neighborhood leaders appear in videos on our Video Page. Click on an individual's picture to view the corresponding video.
“[Supportive housing] has had a positive impact on students, families and the community at large.”
Andrew Kavanaugh, Principal of Public School 195 in the Bronx, on Palladia's Stratford House.
"It was a gamble that paid off for the community, because it’s all been a wonderful experience.”
John Dudley, District Manager of Bronx Community Board 3, on Project Renewal’s supportive housing residence LeonaBlanche House.
"It’s been all positive.”
Deputy Inspector Kevin Catalina, Commander of NYPD's 32nd Precinct, on Goddard Riverside’s supportive housing residence on West 140th Street.
“It’s like heaven to have you people here…I would recommend this to any neighborhood.”
Retired Police Officer Melvin Hardy on Services for the UnderServed’s Marcy Hart supportive housing residence.
“This building has become almost an anchor in terms of turning this block around.”
New York State Assembly Member Keith Wright on Goddard Riverside’s supportive housing residence on West 140th Street.
“It’s been an asset to the community.”
P.O.R. Johnson, Community Affairs Officer, NYPD 32nd Precinct, on Goddard Riverside’s supportive housing residence on West 140th Street.
“It’s an asset to our community as well as to society.”
Rosalind Joachim, President of New York City's 42nd Precinct Community Council, on Project Renewal’s supportive housing residence LeonaBlanche House.
"I certainly would recommend it. Highly."
Verna Lee Judge, Bronx Community Board 3 Member.
“The route has changed tremendously. It has improved the neighborhood…it improved the area.”
Eddie Ortiz, Bronx postal worker, on Palladia's Stratford House.
"It's reshaping this whole area."
Shawn Oates, Bronx resident, on VIP Community Services' Albert Walsh Residence.
“We have seen a positive impact from the Albert Walsh Residence on community life.”
Rev. Shellie Sampson Jr., pastor at Thessalonia Baptist Church in the Bronx, on VIP Community Services' Albert Walsh Residence.
“Supportive housing in our community has done a lot for our community. It has enhanced the community.”
Edna Johnson, Brooklyn Community Board 3 member, on Community Access' Dekalb Avenue Apartments.