Breaking Ground

About Us

Breaking Ground has provided permanent affordable housing for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless since 1990. We are currently New York City’s largest provider of supportive housing, and own and/or operate 19 properties with a total of 3,530 apartments in New York City, Rochester, Montrose, Willimantic (CT), and Hartford (CT). We create safe, secure housing with essential on-site support services to help chronically homeless people address the psychosocial, mental, and physical health problems that are obstacles to independent living. For those at risk of homelessness, our affordable housing provides an all-important safety net. We also run the City’s around-the-clock street outreach efforts in all of Brooklyn and Queens, and provide a similar service in nearly one-third of Manhattan. Our work has enabled more than 12,000 people to overcome or avoid homelessness since 1990, and we increase that number every day. At the start of 2016, we had nearly 1,000 units of housing in various stages of development in the Bronx and Brooklyn, and are significantly expanding our Street to Home homelessness outreach program so that we can offer help to every single homeless person we meet. We meet people “where they are” whether that means conducting a psychiatric evaluation on a street corner or sending an outreach worker who can speak to a client in his or her native language. We follow the “housing first” philosophy: once a person is stably housed, they are vastly more likely to achieve sobriety and other important needs for healthier living. We do our work with respect, kindness, and persistence, which pay off in the form of high long-term stability rates and a strong sense of trust in the communities in which we work. Bringing a person indoors or preventing them from falling into homelessness in the first place, is not only effective and cost-effective, it’s also the right thing to do.

Contact Us

Brenda Rosen, President & CEO

505 Eighth Avenue, Fifth Floor
New York,  New York   10018
Phone: (212) 389-9300

Community Programs

  • Shelters, Vouchers, Home Repair, and/or Weatherization

Housing Development and Rehabilitation

  • Multi-Family Rental Development

    Property Management and Resident Programs

    • Property Management
    • Resident Services