The Foundling’s Supportive Housing Program supports young people aging out of foster care or at risk of homelessness as they learn to support themselves and build a network of support critical to their lifelong success. Our Supportive Housing Program currently operates in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and provides safe, affordable housing to allow young people to work toward independence. Personalized support is offered to residents as needed, including counseling and connections to education and employment.
The Foundling launched our Supportive Housing Program to provide housing and social support to 18-25 year-olds aging out of foster care or in the shelter system. The program fosters responsibility and enhances each person’s educational and employment opportunities. Through a balance of teaching individual responsibility and offering and connecting young people with community support, our Supportive Housing Program helps to prepare young adults for the future.
Brooklyn Community-Based Supportive Housing (NY/NY III & NYC 15)
For many of the housing units we provide, The Foundling provides intensive and ongoing guidance to participants (our NY/NY III and NYC 15 Programs). Participants live with a roommate in shared apartments – located across Brooklyn – and pay subsidized rent, and a case planner maintains ongoing contact to ensure they are matched with personalized services based on their individual needs. This dedicated staff member also connects young people with community partners and ensures that participants are learning individual responsibility and working toward stated goals.
Vital Brookdale & Harlem Supportive Housing (ESSHI)
For young people that need less support, The Foundling offers a more independent track (our ESSHI Program). We currently operate this program in two locations: Vital Brookdale in Brownsville, Brooklyn and our new Harlem development (slated to open Summer 2023.) Young people must meet employment or income criteria, and are expected to live independently in their own apartments – with access to support services and a community of peers.
New ESSHI Harlem Apartments Opening Summer 2023
Applications are now open for brand-new studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom units in Central Harlem! Spaces are available for 70 eligible young adults, in a new development on 126th St. in prime Central Harlem. Building amenities include a fitness center, laundry room, resident lounge, outdoor terrace, bike storage, and an on-site Foundling office.
For all inquiries regarding our scattered-site NY/NY III and NYC 15 supportive housing programs, please visit New York City’s HRA (Human Resources Administration) website here, as all applications for NY/NY III and NYC 15 must be submitted through HRA via the CAPS system.
For more information or questions about our ESSHI (Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative) program, please email ESSHI@NYFoundling.org.