Since 1983, Broadway Housing Communities has pioneered innovations in the field of supportive housing, refining our model and paving the way for replication on a city-wide and national scale. Widely respected for the integrity of our approach and the quality of our programs, we are nationally recognized for providing humane, cost-effective permanent housing for low-income and homeless populations.
Broadway Housing’s supportive housing is distinctive for its integration of the healthy and disabled, the young and elderly, the employed and dependent. Our tenants include those with mental disabilities, HIV/Aids and other chronic health conditions, and many who are in recovery from addiction.
Our success in housing an integrated population depends on creating a community where each individual receives the support and assistance they need to live independent stable lives. Broadway Housing offers support services directly and in collaboration with community-based agencies with which we have active and longstanding relationships. This approach allows us to avoid duplication of services and effort, and recognizes that supports such as mental health services, substance abuse treatment, medical assistance and employment training are better provided by agencies devoted solely to those missions.
Our model is premised on a belief that tenants should be responsible for the quality and character of their own housing. At all our sites, Broadway Housing relies on a front desk management system where tenants themselves provide around the clock coverage of our buildings and address the needs of fellow tenants. Nearly one-quarter of our tenants participate in this management system. Participation in our management is a path to self-confidence, responsibility and leadership, and for many, competitive employment.
The success of our model is measured by Broadway Housing Communities’
low turnover rate. Unlike a shelter or transitional housing, ours is intended as permanent housing. Tenants have their own apartments, hold their own leases and are expected to comply with the terms of that lease. Permanent, decent, affordable housing has proven to be the foundation on which our tenants can begin to rebuild their lives.
Permanent supportive housing for an individual costs taxpayers $12,500 annually, compared to annual costs of $25,000 for an emergency shelter cot; $60,000 for a prison cell; and $125,000 for a pyschiatric hospital bed.
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Supportive Housing has been widely recognized as a practical, cost-effective solution to homelessness for single adults. With the opening of our sixth project, Dorothy Day Apartments, we adapted and enlarged our model to address the new face of homelessness: children and families.
Children now comprise the largest growing segment of the homeless in New York City. Since the turn of the century, the number of families residing in the city’s shelters has more than doubled. Dorothy Day Apartments is the first deliberate attempt to apply the successful model of supportive housing for single adults to families living in deep poverty. The initiative was designed to address urban poverty in a comprehensive manner and to demonstrate to both the public and private sectors that supportive housing provides families living in poverty with the tools they need to lead productive lives. At Dorothy Day Apartments, social services are supplemented with enriched and intensive educational services serving infants through adults.