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What’s Happening at BRC’s 85 Lexington Avenue Residence?

DHS has mandated changes to the population served at this facility.

In early December, the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) notified BRC and local community leaders of their intention to change the population served at this shelter from women to men.  This change is expected to go into effect in early January 2020. 

This was not BRC’s decision.  Over the many years that BRC has operated this residential program for women experiencing homelessness, we have worked hard and succeeded at creating and maintaining an environment that effectively serves women in crisis, assisting them not only to find housing, but just as critically, addressing their health and employment needs.  We have also strived to be a good neighbor, and we are greatly appreciative of the support of those of in the community who have worked with us to that end.

While the action being taken by DHS saddens us, BRC is committed to making the transition go as smoothly as possible and to continue to operate 85 Lexington to the highest possible standards of excellence; we remain committed to the site, the city, the community, and the people we serve.

For those with questions or who wish to express their opinions about this decision, please contact Yuri Sanchez, DHS Borough Coordinator for Brooklyn (


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