Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground’s mission is to strengthen individuals, families and communities by developing and sustaining exceptional supportive and affordable housing as well as programs for homeless and other vulnerable New Yorkers.

The belief that everyone deserves a home is at the heart of everything we do.

  • We provide a variety of homelessness solutions and work with each person to determine what is best for them. Some individuals are ready to go directly into permanent housing. Others need more intensive supports in transitional housing to overcome a life on the streets.
  • We meet people “where they are” – both literally and figuratively – 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 proven “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 foster strong, vibrant communities within our buildings by constructing beautiful spaces and offering life-enriching workshops and social events.

Above all, we do our work with respect, kindness, and persistence, which pay off in the form of both high long-term stability rates and a strong sense of trust in the communities in which we work. We even have an excellent reputation among those still living on the streets who know of others who were once in their same predicament and are today in housing because of Breaking Ground.

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.