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Transitional Housing & Shelter

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BRC's transitional housing programs shelter more than 2,300 people each night, and combine focused mental illness, addiction, or employment services with holistic care to help clients move toward permanent housing and achieve lasting self-sufficiency.

Learn More About BRC's Transitional Housing Programs

Programs Provide Clients With

Private Sleeping Areas
Recreation & Activites
Lockable Lockers
Nutritious Meals
Showers & Laundry
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Independent Living Specialist or Case Manager


BRC operates 8 transitional shelters that can accommodate a total of over 1,600 individuals. 


Assessment Center
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

200-bed shelter serving men who have recently become homeless

Parkview Residence
Central Harlem

200-bed shelter for men with mental health service needs

Jack Ryan Residence
Chelsea, Manhattan

200-bed shelter serving men with mental health service needs

Lexington Avenue Men's Residence 
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

103-bed shelter providing men's mental health services


Palace Employment Residence
The Bowery, Manhattan

117-bed shelter serving employed or employable men, providing employment services through BRC's Horizons Workforce Development program

Reaching New Heights Residence
Fordham, Bronx

200-bed shelter serving employed or employable men, providing employment services through BRC's Horizons Workforce Development program

Beaver Pond Residence
Jamaica, Queens

Serving 165 adult families who have recently become homeless

Blue Sky Residence

Serving 140 adult families who have recently become homeless

Safe Havens

In 2006, we recognized that the structure and size of most shelters were unappealing to many New Yorkers experiencing chronic homelessness.

BRC’s innovative Safe Havens and Stabilization Bed programs represent a new model of transitional living designed to appeal to those experiencing chronic homelessness.

Safe Haven programs have 191 beds, and operate under a modified harm reduction philosophy: though encouraged, sobriety is not required, rules are minimal, and structure is limited. 


Bowery Safe Haven
Bowery, Manhattan
52-bed shelter
Lex Safe Haven
Washington Heights, Manhattan
43-bed shelter 

Reception Center
Chelsea, Manhattan
96-bed shelter 

For those with similar interest in this model of transitional living, but with stable health and strong independent living skills, BRC offers clusters of private rooms called Stabilization Beds. They can can accommodate a total of 776 individuals

Community Residences

BRC operates transitional community residences targeting formerly homeless clients who are either mentally ill, or dually-diagnosed as mentally ill and chemically addicted. These programs provide a safe and supportive environment to assist residents with: attaining their work, social and community living goals.

Additional on-site services include:

  • Substance abuse groups

  • Medication monitoring, and

  • Daily skills training

Casa de los Vecinos
Lower East Side, Manhattan

32-bed community residence

Cecil Ivory House
Harlem, Manhattan

24-bed community residence

Fulton House
East New York, Brooklyn

48-bed community residence 

Metropolitan Apartment Program (MAP)

For those who can thrive in a more independent living environment, BRC offers scatter-site supported housing for over 92 clients who share apartments throughout Manhattan and the Bronx.

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