Henry Street Settlement opens doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs.
In May, 2007, Henry Street opened a new residence offering permanent housing to New Yorkers facing challenges of homelessness and mental health issues. The building has 52 studio apartments for single adults. Forty-three units are occupied by individuals who have past histories of homelessness and health and/or mental health issues. Nine apartments are set aside for low income residents of our local Community Board District 3.
Henry Street’s state-certified mental health clinic, residents receive more than housing: on-site case management services offer support in maintaining entitlements such as Social Security, health insurance, rental subsidies and Food Stamps. There is a range of recreational and creative arts activities along with health education and advocacy groups. Referrals for the permanent residence come through the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS).
The CCC also maintains 15 scattered-site apartments for homeless individuals who have major mental health issues. The rents for these apartments are subsidized up to 80 percent with a contract from the State Office of Mental Health. The tenants are responsible for paying up to 20 percent of rent, and all leases are in the tenants’ names. Case management and other supported services are provided to all residents. Referrals for the scattered-site apartments all come through a single point of entry, namely through the provider Center for Urban Community Services (UCS). All tenants have leases to their apartments.