Other Youth Housing

Images from the grand opening ceremony of the True Colors Residence, a supportive housing program for formerly homeless LGBT youth. (left) Building supporter Cyndi Lauper poses with tenants of the True Colors Residence. (right) Cyndi Lauper sits before a sculpture/fountain/memorial featuring the lyrics of Ms. Lauper's song, True Colors.

Supportive housing for young adults isn’t limited to the 400 units created through the New York/New York III Agreement. Hundreds of young adults currently live in supportive housing funded through an array of resources, most notably the NYS Supportive Housing Program (NYSSHP). These residences offer a sanctuary where young adults who face multiple hurdles to independent living can thrive. Below, you’ll find profiles of supportive housing residences for youth. 

Note: Those looking to apply for housing in these residences should connect with a case manager or referral agency to complete an HRA 2010e application. The Center for Urban Community Services offers a helpful guide for completing this process.  

Community League of the Heights: Dorothy McGowan Supportive Housing Project II

Dorothy McGowan II provides seven units of supportive housing for formerly homeless and low-income young adults in Washington Heights. Tenants in the building receive an array of services from Community Access. The building, opened in 2009, followed the construction of Dorothy McGowan I earlier that year and Dorothy McGowan III in 2010. The buildings were named after CLOTH’s former director of special services, a woman who, in addition to her work for Community League of the Heights, served as a foster parent to over 20 children.

Good Shepherd Services: Edwin Gould Academy

Edwin Gould Academy is a 51-unit residence in East Harlem that houses single young adults and single young parents between the ages of 18 to 26. Tenants in the building receive on-site case management services, benefits counseling and job placement services. The residence is a mix of studio and one-bedroom apartments. The residence houses young adults who have a history of homelessness, foster care placement or involvement with the juvenile justice system. 

The Lantern Organization: Schafer Hall

Schafer Hall is a mixed population supportive housing residence that serves a blend of disabled families, single adults and 25 young adults who are between the ages of 18 to 26. Tenants receive case management supportive services, entitlements advocacy and employment services. The various services offered support young adults to achieve housing, economic, social and psychological stability, and to become independent. All young adult apartments are studios.

West End Residences: True Colors Residence and True Colors Bronx

West End Residences made history in 2011 when it opened New York’s first supportive housing residence for formerly homeless LGBT youth, True Colors Residence. The residence, which houses 30 young adults who’re between the ages of 18-24 upon move-in, received the support of ’80s musical icon Cyndi Lauper. True Colors Residence tenants receive case management and ongoing assistance with every aspect of independent living, including: benefits and entitlement advocacy, counseling, HIV/AIDS counseling and education, medication management and job readiness and placement assistance. A replica of True Colors Residence, True Colors Bronx opened in Fall 2015. 

Win (formerly Women In Need): Women In Supportive Housing

Win's Women In Supportive Housing (WISH) is a 62-unit scattered-site supportive housing program for young mothers with a history in foster care. Tenants in this Brooklyn program range from 18 to 29 years old. Eligible mothers must have a history of chronic homelessness and a diagnosable disability in addition to having spent time in foster care. Tenants receive a variety of services, including individual counseling, access to specialty workshops and skill-building classes, child care during all workshops and groups and a full range of educational and employment services. The program, which consists of 62 one-bedroom apartments, began in 2006.