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Introducing Vital Brookdale: A New Model for Supportive Housing

Vital Brookdale


The building features outdoor space, an on-site gym, game room, library, and more

Vital Brookdale – our new supportive housing complex – offers opportunity and promise for the people we serve.

Created in collaboration with New York State’s Vital Brooklyn Initiative, our new apartment complex in Brownsville, Brooklyn opened this summer – and is giving our neighbors the support to become thriving members of the community.

Vital Brookdale Kitchen

Units are fully equipped and furnished

Vital Brookdale serves two distinct groups that often experience steep obstacles to living on their own – young people aging out of foster care and adults with developmental disabilities. Without a support system that understands their unique needs, they often struggle to secure affordable housing, learn life skills, and maintain a sustainable lifestyle. Vital Brookdale builds on our existing Supportive Housing and Developmental Disabilities residential programming to provide new, private apartments to participants that are ready to live independently – and the guidance to ensure that they can successfully transition into this next step in their lives.

Vital Brookdale Support

Foundling support staff provide on-site guidance as residents transition to independent living

As a core partner on the project, The Foundling was intrinsically involved in Vital Brookdale’s construction, and ensured that the building was designed to best serve these groups. While the building also has units designated for the general community, many of the complex’s studio and 1-bedroom units are specifically allocated to people receiving holistic supports from The Foundling.

Ruthie Vital Brookdale Resident

For many Vital Brookdale residents, this is the first time they’ve had a space to call their very own

Additionally, unique on-site amenities – such as a staffed Foundling office, community spaces and resources, and an upcoming day habilitation and employment services center for people with developmental disabilities – ensure that ongoing assistance is only a few steps away.

And this is just the beginning: The Foundling’s expansion and investment in Supportive Housing will continue, with two additional developments in progress. These additional buildings – slated to open in Harlem and the Bronx within the next five years – will further support the needs of our community.

Learn more about Vital Brookdale by watching our latest video – and hear from Foundling staff and participants in their own words:


And meet more of our residents through recent press coverage:

New apartments offer supportive housing for people with disabilities or coming out of foster care

News 12 Brooklyn:
All-inclusive housing complex in Brooklyn opens doors to those aged out of foster careNews12Brooklyn

Vital Brookdale is still accepting residents!
Interested in making a referral or getting more information?

For adults with developmental disabilities: Email I&R@NYFoundling.org or call 212-886-4020.
For young people aging out of foster care: Email ESSHI@NYFoundling.org.


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