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What is Supportive Housing?

Supportive housing is a successful, cost-effective combination of affordable housing with services that helps people live more stable, productive lives.  Supportive housing works well for people who face the most complex challenges-individuals and families who are not only homeless, but who also have very low incomes and serious, persistent issues that may include substance use, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS.

Cost per-day, per-person in New York City in 2011 (source: NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS), 2011)
  • Supportive Housing $44.61
  • Shelter $73.58
  • Jail $167.47

Our Supportive Housing Programs

In 2007, Urban Pathways implemented a "housing first" approach through our outreach and drop-in center programs.  Our primary goal was and still is to ensure single adults move rapidly and directly into housing from the street.  To ensure that clients who are willing to accept permanent housing have a place to live and to support the City's plan to reduce chronic homelessness by two-thirds, Urban Pathways established an original goal of developing 200 new units of affordable, supportive housing.  Thanks to an increased commitment from the City, State, and private sector to end chronic street homelessness, we now have 377 units in predevelopment and development and plan to bring them all on line by the end of 2013.

Our supportive housing residences serve seriously and persistently mentally ill single adults, all with histories of homelessness and some with histories of substance abuse or addiction.  Our programs promote self-sufficiency and independence, enhance residents' ability to function in their communities and encourage participation in wellness and recovery-oriented activities.  In support, we offer a full array of rehabilitative, treatment, vocational, and self-help services, focusing on four core objectives:
  • Successful management of psychiatric symptoms
  • Acquisition of skills needed to maximize functional levels
  • Development of a network of formal and informal supports
  • Participation in a range of rehabilitative services to maximize residents' ability to live as independently as possible and in the least restrictive environment

Ivan Shapiro House

Hughes House

The Residence at Hallet's Cove

53rd Street Residence

Crotona Community Residence

Cluster House

Clinton Avenue Apartments

Boston Road Apartments

162nd Street Apartments