BRC Transitional housing

131 West 25th Street, 12th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11225

(212) 803-5700 Go To Website
Class of Housing: Transitional Housing

General Information:

Numerous circumstances lead to homelessness, and BRC has developed a diverse array of residential communities where individuals can live while they address the challenges that have impeded their ability to find and keep a home.

BRC operates several residences for individuals living with mental illness. Fulton House, Cecil Ivory House and Casa de los Vecinos are three BRC residential programs with a combined capacity of 104 beds that are licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health as Community Residences. BRC also offers the 77-bed Reception Center, the 101-bed Boulevard Residence, and the 200-bed Jack Ryan Residence for homeless adults living with mental illness. While residing in these programs, individuals gain insight into their illness, and develop the skills to manage their health and live independently. Many resume their educations, and obtain employment. As their health and confidence improves, they graduate to their own apartment (see Permanent Housing, below), or to a shared-living program, like BRC's Metropolitan Apartment Program (MAP). In MAP, 87 individuals who have made great progress in their treatment are given the opportunity, under supervision, to demonstrate their ability to integrate into the community and live independently in an apartment, on their own or with a peer. Eventually, they too graduate to permanent housing.

For those homeless adults not challenged by mental illness, BRC offers the 110-bed Palace Employment Residence (on the Bowery) and the 103-bed Lexington Avenue Women's Residence (in Bedford-Stuyvesant). Each offer the opportunity to set and attain goals in housing and employment, while also addressing other needs, such as: surviving domestic violence, managing healthcare needs, furthering their education, living sober, and reuniting with children and other family members. These residences partner closely with BRC's employment services program, Horizons. Combined, BRC's transitional housing programs assisted over 650 homeless people find and move home in FY12.


Helpful Definitions For BRC Transitional housing:

Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.

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