Finding an affordable place to live is a challenge for any New Yorker, no less so for those BRC serves. But the length of the journey neither deters nor slows our clients. Last year nearly 800 men and women who were once homeless moved home. That's more than twice a day.
To assist them in their journey home, BRC offers over 550 units of permanent housing, where residents have signed leases and tenancy rights. These include five supported housing programs BRC has built: The Glass Factory (45 units), Los Vecinos SRO (35 units), Clyde Burton House (33 units), the Palace SRO (24 units) and Liberty Homes (46 units). In these buildings BRC is the landlord, but a benevolent one. While rent collections are consistently at or above 95%, that is not the objective. On site staff provide support to tenants as they make the transition to independent living, and help to build a community of support among peers. Tenants establish linkages to services in the neighborhood with the goal of preventing the return of the issues that led to their once becoming homeless.
The other permanent homes BRC provides are part of our 370 scatter-site apartment programs. Residents lease apartments directly from private landlords. BRC staff provides case management services and community-building activities, just like in the SROs described above, with the distinction being that tenants are not all in the same building. Tenants of these programs reside in apartments in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan.