Ellen Baxter, Broadway Housing’s Founder and Executive Director, speaking with a tenant at The Heights, circa 1985.
Broadway Housing Communities
Since 1983, BHC has pioneered solutions to the challenges of poverty and homelessness with an innovative model that leverages the synergies of housing, education and the arts to create meaningful change for children, families, adults and entire communities.
Tonight in New York City, more than 50,000 individuals, including more than 20,000 children, will sleep in an emergency shelter; many have been living in shelters for years. Families now comprise the largest growing segment of the homeless.
BHC is widely acknowledged as a leader in the field of housing advocacy. With the opening of BHC’s first residential development in 1986, The Heights, Broadway Housing Communities has helped to pioneer effective, sustainable and replicable models now in wide use throughout the city, state, nation and globally.
Recognizing the impact that investing in the youngest has on breaking the cycle of generational poverty, BHC’s most recent initiative, the 191,000sf Sugar Hill Development, was conceived as an oasis for children and families in one of NYC’s most underserved neighborhoods. Resources at Sugar Hill include 124 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units of permanently affordable housing housing; a 15,000sf early childhood center with the capacity to serve up to 200 children from birth to age five and their families, and a new cultural institution, the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, opening fall 2015.