Brooklyn Community Housing & Services, Inc.

Committed to ending homelessness in Brooklyn.

aka BCHS   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  www.bchands.org

Mission

Brooklyn Community Housing & Services, Inc. (BCHS) is committed to ending homelessness in Brooklyn and empowering all the residents of Fort Greene and the surrounding neighborhoods - our home community. We provide safe, clean supportive housing each year for nearly 1,000 women, children and men who had been homeless, and help them learn how to live productively and independently, with dignity, and with hope. BCHS has helped thousands who were in crisis achieve independence over the last 40 years and ready to help thousands more in the future, until the day that homelessness no longer exists, and until the day that our local communities are as socially rich and as economically vital as possible.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Mr. Jeff Nemetsky

Assistant Executive Director for Programs

Ms. Wendy Junious

Main address

105 Carlton Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11205 USA

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Formerly known as

Pastoral and Educational Services (PAES)

EIN

11-2549027

NTEE code info

Housing Search Assistance (L30)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Family Services (P40)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ivy House

Ivy House is an 18-bed transitional community residence for single adults with a serious and persistent mental illness.

The program offers mental health counseling, medication management, daily living skills training, substance abuse services, health services, recreational activities, and the development of socialization and self-advocacy skills.

Registered nurses from Visiting Nurses Service of New York provide on-site assistance monitoring and managing prevalent conditions such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

In addition, residents receive on-site mental-health care from interning psychiatrists through the Project for Psychiatric Outreach to the Homeless (PPOH).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

Arbor Inn offers short-term housing for 44 mothers, each with one child up to the age of eight. Families are referred to Arbor Inn by the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS).

We offer a secure environment where homeless women begin to stabilize their lives, learn to use community resources, obtain quality health care for themselves and their children, and develop job skills.

Residents receive assistance that includes case management, on-site child care and nursing, vocational training, and counseling. BCHS staff members help Arbor Inn moms find permanent jobs and permanent housing.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Homeless people
Low-income people
Working poor
Ex-offenders

Oak Hall is a permanent housing, single-room-occupancy (SRO) facility serving 74 men and women who have been homeless or are at high risk of homelessness. The majority of Oak Hall residents also have chronic mental illnesses.

Clients are referred to Oak Hall by the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and partnering community based agencies.

The program offers housing and a range of services including case management, vocational training, recreation, socialization, mental health care, on-site nursing and substance abuse counseling.

Specialized services are also offered to ex-offenders and formerly homeless seniors living at Oak Hall through the Model SRO demonstration initiative.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with psychosocial disabilities

The Model SRO Demonstration Program provides specialized services to formerly homeless seniors, and to individual adults who are returning to the community after incarceration.

These residents work closely with a Geriatric Case Manager or Forensic Case Manager who assists their transition from homelessness and isolation to stability and community. Older residents benefit from on-site nursing, wellness and exercise activities, bereavement counseling and dementia screening.

Formerly incarcerated residents benefit from employment counseling, social skills training, a weekly Re-Entry Support Group, and a Clinical Consultant with expertise in mental health treatment for ex-offenders.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Incarcerated people

The Brooklyn Housing Assistance Center (BHAC) is designed to prevent homelessness for people who are presently living in stable housing but are facing a crisis that is putting their housing at risk.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

The Navy Green SRO represents a multi-faceted partnership between BCHS, Pratt Area Community Council (PACC), Dunn Development Corp., and L+M Development Partners.

The permanent housing, single-room occupancy (SRO) facility is part of an innovative mixed-use development, located just outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which includes low-income and market-rate housing, commercial property, and green space.

BCHS will oversee social services at the Navy Green SRO, which will be owned and managed by PACC. 97 formerly homeless and low-income residents will receive case management, counseling and nursing care, as well as vocational training and recreational activities.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Adults

The Scattered-Site Apartment Programs place 135 adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses into private apartments in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. Residents receive the intensive support they need to live independently, including on-going case management, daily living skills training, substance abuse counseling, and mental health care.

The program offers mental health counseling, medication management, daily living skills training, substance abuse services, health services, recreational activities, and the development of socialization and self-advocacy skills.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

BCHS provides education, job readiness preparation, and a free computer lab to clients, as well as to low-income Brooklyn residents, through the Working Community Vocational Assistance Program.

The program also offers supervised internship opportunities in fields such as human resources, computers, facilities maintenance, and accounting.

In addition, in partnership with the Veterans Administration’s Project TORCH (Outreach and Rehabilitation Center for Homeless Veterans), BCHS gives special attention to formerly homeless veterans, offering personal assistance and training from agency employment specialists. Veteran’s utilize the Working Community program to prepare resumes, search for jobs, participate in online courses, and develop important job-related skills.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Veterans

A new demonstration initiative to help prevent homelessness among at-risk veterans.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Economically disadvantaged people

A new demonstration initiative to help BCHS’ most stable residents graduate to their own completely independent housing in the community. The Moving On Initiative is made possible by the generous support of the Robin Hood Foundation and Corporation For Supportive Housing (CSH).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

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Brooklyn Community Housing & Services, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Jens Peter Hansen

Monadnock Construction, Inc.

Term: 2010 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Anthony Trani

Topps

Term: 2012 -

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/26/2021

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