An alternative to the group home model, our Supported Living program helps people establish their own homes – no matter the level of support they require. The Supported Living team helps each person arrange the assistance and safeguards they need. So Nina, who once lived at the infamous Willowbrook State School, has 24-hour supports while Robert (shown above with his extensive collection of vinyl) has staff that come in a few times a week to help him with budgeting, shopping and coordinating his schedule.
Some people have roommates, while others do not. Some people prefer leather sofas while others opt for floral slipcovers. Each living situation is different. And it’s planned that way.
Robert has lived in his one-bedroom apartment in Flatbush since 2002. He’s known in his building as a friendly and helpful neighbor. His parties are famous and frequent, but he also makes time for the gym, karaoke, and his full-time job.
Gui and Carlos
After many years of living in a 10-person group home, Gui and Carlos moved into their own three-bedroom duplex in East Harlem. They share their home with Anthony who also provides some of their support.
Nina and her two roommates share a cozy three-bedroom apartment in Washington Heights. Nina requires one-to-one support, but that doesn’t stop her from helping with cleaning and laundry. She’s a regular at a neighborhood hair salon and at a crafts class at a nearby community center.
The Supported Living team makes sure everyone enjoys life — whether it’s getting together for Sunday brunches and parties, taking in a play or a concert or hosting their neighbors on Halloween. Most importantly, each person is encouraged to explore new interests and find their voices. Sometimes for the first time.
Alex & Josh, roommates who live in Astoria, Queens, at the Disability Pride Parade
Robert and Carlos on the way to Albany to make a conference presentation
At a Broadway Show
Birthday celebration for both Alex (with mic) and Evan – with friends Josh and Terrence at a karaoke bar in Astoria