Brooklyn Community Housing and Services.

Brooklyn New York individuals that are behind on their rent or that are currently homeless may be able to receive help from the Brooklyn Community Housing and Services. People that are struggling can receive short term assistance and also case management to put them on the path to self-sufficiency.

The organization, known as BCHS for short, offers supportive housing that is affordable, clean, and safe. The units are open for people that need assistance, including formerly homeless children, women, and men. Residents on the verge of imminent eviction can also get help. Programs are offered in an effort to end homelessness in Brooklyn. Rehousing services may be available as well. Hundreds of individuals and families receive support on an annual basis from Brooklyn Community Housing and Services.

Resources provide the needy with homelessness prevention, short-term, transitional and permanent housing, case management, vocational training, mental health care, on-site nursing, substance abuse counseling, recreational activities and other vital services. Clients may also get referrals to financial assistance for paying rent or security deposits if they are facing eviction or are moving into a new home.

For those facing eviction, the Brooklyn Housing Assistance Center, or BHAC, can prevent homelessness. It is for people who are currently living in stable housing but are facing a crisis and are behind on their monthly rental payment. If this crisis is putting their housing at risk or having them face eviction, then they may qualify for help.

A prevention initiative is offered and it can help adults in Brooklyn avert homelessness. Another component can help stop the recurrence of homelessness among clients who have moved on to an independent living situation. What may be offered includes Case Management, Job Training Programs, Legal Help, Landlord Mediation and other support.

Low income housing is offered from a unit known as Navy Green SRO. This is a partnership between Pratt Area Community Council (PACC), BCHS, Dunn Development Corp., and L+M Development Partners. Qualified applicants can use this as permanent housing, single-room occupancy (SRO) facility and it is a fixed use development. It is located by the Brooklyn Navy Yard and it contains low-income and market-rate housing, green space, and even commercial property.




People who stay there will not only be provided an affordable home to live in, but they will receive counseling, case management, job search assistance and more. Seniors can even receive nursing care if needed.

Job training and vocational assistance is offered. Brooklyn Community Housing and Services offers education services, job readiness preparation, counseling, and a free computer lab to clients. Not only that, other poor and low-income Brooklyn residents can use the program. All of this and more is offered as part of the Working Community Vocational Assistance Program.

Homeless and struggling veterans in Brooklyn can also get help from the Veterans Administration’s Project TORCH program, or Outreach and Rehabilitation Center for Homeless Veterans. The non-profit BCHS gives special attention to homeless veterans and their families. The agency will offer them personal assistance and job training from agency employment specialists. They can also use the Working Community program to search for jobs, prepare resumes, participate in online education courses, and develop important job-related skills.

Brooklyn Gardens is another low income, transitional housing program. This will offer short-term, transitional, and permanent housing for formerly evicted and homeless New Yorkers. There are a total of three different affordable housing programs located within Brooklyn Gardens, and they include Oak Hall, Arbor Inn, and Ivy House.

To get more information on available services, Brooklyn Community Housing and Services can be contacted. They have a couple different offices in the region as noted below. They are at 105 Carlton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205, (phone 718-625-4545) as well as 25 Chapel Street, Suite #1200, Brooklyn, NY 11201, (dial 718-852-9322)



By Jon McNamara

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