Supportive housing lifts spirits, improves neighborhoods and saves money. Now see the results with your own eyes. Below, you’ll find photo galleries from supportive housing residence grand openings, Network events and elsewhere. Use the links on the right-hand side of the page to skip to a particular photo gallery.
An overview of supportive housing in New York, through images of residences and tenants.
United to End Homelessness Launch Event and Rally
On April 9, 2013, the Network joined nearly 300 people on the steps of New York City Hall to join in the formal launch of United to End Homelessness, a new coalition to highlight the issue of homelessness during New York City's 2013 mayoral election. The event included special guest remarks from Rev. Calvin Butts, supportive housing tenants, providers and many others. The Network is a member of the coordinating committee for the United to End Homelessness campaign. To learn about the coalition, see its website here.
The Network joined NYC Council members and fellow advocates on March 18, 2013 for a rally to highlight dangerous cuts to social services programs in Mayor Bloomberg's budget. The Network was there to highlight cuts to case management for HIV/AIDS supportive housing in particular. The press conference featured brief speeches from a supportive housing tenant, a case manager and NYC Council Members Annabel Palma, Stephen Levin, Helen Foster, Julissa Ferreras, Sara González and Ydanis Rodriguez. You can read our testimony on the negative impacts of these cuts, which we delivered to the Council's General Welfare Committee, here.
The Network held its 2013 Annual Meeting on March 6. The event, held for the first time at the Horticultural Society of New York's gallery space in Manhattan, brought together more than 100 friends to reminisce over the past year and look to the future. The night included two guest speakers. Scott Edwards, the recently retired Director of the NYS Office of Temporary Disability and Assistance (OTDA)'s Bureau of Housing and Support Services, received a plaque for his decades of service in New York State government. Jessica Katz, the recently-appointed Assistant Commissioner of Special Needs Housing at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) also spoke at the event.
Jericho Project held a grand opening ceremony on November 8, 2012 for Kingsbridge Terrace, its newest supportive housing residence. This Bronx building offers 76 units of supportive housing for low-income and formerly homeless veterans. The ceremony included speeches from four tenants, U.S. Representative José Serrano, and others. We hope you enjoy these pictures from the event. Congrats to Jericho on yet another outstanding residence for America’s veterans!
Roughly 600 friends of supportive housing gathered on October 17 for the Network's 2012 Awards Gala. The event, now in its ninth year, is a night to celebrate the people who make supportive housing work for tens of thousands of New Yorkers. Here, you'll find photos from the event, including pictures of all our honorees. See here to learn more about our award winners.
On September 28, 2012, Concern for Independent Living held a grand opening ceremony for Concern Heights Apartments, a new supportive housing residence in Brooklyn. The 90-unit residence houses individuals and families in the neighborhood of Crown Heights. The ceremony included remarks from U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke, NYC Comptroller John Liu, NYS Office of Mental Health Commissioner Michael Hogan and many others.
On September 19, 2012, Common Ground held a grand opening ceremony for The Hegeman, a supportive housing residence in Brooklyn. The building offers 100 units of supportive housing for formerly homeless adults. The following photos were taken at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the residence. The event featured a series of guest speakers from the government, private and nonprofit sectors.
The Network held its 12th Annual New York State Supportive Housing Conference on June 7, 2012 in New York City. This year's gathering was our largest yet, with 23 workshops, 1,200 registered guests and several news-making announcements from City and State officials. To learn more about the conference and view presentation materials, visit this page of our website.
On June 1, 2012, Concern for Independent Living held the grand opening for MacDougal Street Apartments, a 65-unit supportive housing residence in Brooklyn. In addition to celebrating the new residence, the ceremony also honored Marian Zucker of New York State Homes and Community Renewal and community development consultant Brian Sullivan with Housing Advocate awards.
On April 26, 2012, the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) held a grand opening celebration for The Lenniger Residences, a pair of new supportive housing buildings in the Bronx. The residences provide 92 units of supportive and affordable housing. The opening featured remarks from represtatives of Common Ground, who provides property management for the project, and New York City's Departments of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Homeless Services (DHS) and Helath and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). Also on hand were community board leaders, council members and Teresa Benincasa, a tenant at The Lenniger Residences.
This before-and-after slideshow illustrates a design overhaul at Palladia, Inc.'s Jerome Court residence. The renovations came courtesy of The Alpha Workshops, which announced a plan in 2011 to offer free design services to a small number of New York nonprofits. All told, Palladia received $30,000-worth of services to transform the common room at Jerome Court into a warm, inviting space. Alpha was able to provide the services through a $45,000 grant from New York Community Trust. The 60-page slideshow is available as a PDF here.
On March 29, 2012, City Council Member Annabel Palma held a rally and press conference to highlight proposed social services cuts in Mayor Bloomberg’s 2012-2013 preliminary budget. The Network was on hand to help highlight one cut in particular: a $5.1 million cut to HIV/AIDS supportive housing. Council Members Julissa Ferreras, Diane Reyna and Melissa Mark all delivered remarks, as did tenants from Housing and Services, Inc.
On March 14, 2012, Network staff and over 100 volunteer advocates from across the state gathered in Albany for the Network's annual Advocacy Day. In total, the Network held 58 meetings to advocate for restorations to the New York State Supportive Housing Program (NYSSHP) and the Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEP). We also hosted New York State Reps. Vito Lopez and Richard Gottfried -- both featured in the photo album below -- during our lunch break. Both men delivered brief remarks on the importance of advocacy.
On March 8, 2012, Community Access and Alembic Community Development held the grand opening of Cedar Avenue Apartments, a supportive housing residence in the Bronx. The ceremony included a series of guest speakers, including State Assembly Member Vanessa Gibson, NYS Office of Mental Health Commissioner Michael Hogan and a moving account from a Cedar Ave tenant.
The Network held its 2012 Annual Meeting at Scandinavia House in Midtown Manhattan on February 28. The event featured guests from dozens of New York nonprofits and a special address from New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea. Network Executive Director Ted Houghton, Board Chair Bill Traylor and Treasurer Ralph Fasano also delivered brief remarks.
On February 12, 2012, the Network teamed up with the Horticultural Society of New York (the Hort) to present the 6th Annual Horticultural Therapy Forum in Manhattan. Representatives from the Network, the Hort, the Bridge and several city and state government agencies were on hand to deliver presentations and partake in a panel discussion. All photos courtesy of the Hort.
On December 7, 2011, Geel Community Services, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of Grand Avenue Studios in the Bronx. Those in attendance included Geel Executive Director Maria Matias, Geel tenant Michael Andersson, New York City Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond and others.
The following images are from the 2011 Network Awards Gala, held on October 25 at the Rubin Museum of Art. To learn more about the Network's Gala, visit here.
On October 25, 2011, downtown Brooklyn welcomed The Schermerhorn, a new supportive and affordable housing residence. The building is co-sponsored by Common Ground and The Actors Fund, with support services provided by the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS). The grand opening celebration featured Tony-award-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, HUD Regional Director Adolfo Carrión and many others. The ceremony also included musical and ballet performances.
On October 7, 2011, Comunilife celebrated the grand opening of Prospect Residence, a supportive housing residence for formerly homeless, disabled and low-income seniors. The following photos were taken at the grand opening ceremony, which featured U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano, Comunlife Executive Director Dr. Rosa Gil and many others.
On October 6, 2011, Concern for Independent Living celebrated the grand opening of Rochester Avenue Apartments in Brooklyn. The celebration featured Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Concern Executive Director Ralph Fasano, New York City Councilmember Darlene Mealey and others.
Photos from the Network's policy forum on Medicaid and supportive housing, held on September 23, 2011 at the Times Square in Manhattan. The event included presentations and speeches from Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, Dr. Maria Raven, Lauren Tobias, Commissioner Mike Hogan, New York City Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and others.
On September 9, 2011, the West Intergenerational Residence (WEIR) opened New York's first permanent supportive housing residence for LGBT homeless youth. The True Colors residence was a collaborative project between WEIR, musician Cyndi Lauper and her manager Lisa Barbaris. The residence offers 30 units of supportive housing in Harlem.
The following 19 supportive housing residences received capital funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) HOME program. Together, these buildings received over $113 million in HOME funding. Congress reduced HOME funding for the 2011-2012 fiscal year by more than 38%.
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Did you know…
Supportive housing can increase school attendance among children.