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The Brook
The Bronx
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Cedarwoods
Willimantic, Connecticut
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The Christopher
Manhattan
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The Hegeman
Brooklyn
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The Betty Ruth and Milton B. Hollander Foundation Center
Hartford, Connecticut
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The Lee
Manhattan
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The Lenniger Residences
The Bronx
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Montrose Veterans Residence
Montrose, New York
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The Schermerhorn
Brooklyn
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The Times Square
Manhattan
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In order to view the applications, you will need an up-to-date version of a PDF-reading software, such as Adobe Reader. You can download it at no cost here.

Common Ground offers affordable housing for working professionals and the formerly homeless, some of whom live with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, or physical disabilities. In addition, each of our buildings offers on-site support services. Common Ground residences feature amenities such as community and performance spaces, exercise rooms, computer labs, rooftop terraces, and on-site laundry facilities. Each fully furnished apartment has a private bath, and a kitchenette with cooking facilities and a refrigerator. Property management and social service staff are located on-site during normal business hours and 24-hour security is featured in all buildings.

You may call the Central Intake Hotline at 1.800.324.7055 for an application. To download an application, please click on the link for the building that you are interested in and follow the instructions. Please note that The Times Square, The Prince George and The Christopher share an application process and applicant list. Regardless of which building you apply for, if you are approved for an apartment, you will be offered one in the first of those three buildings that becomes available.

Once you have completed the application, attach all documents and mail your application to:

Common Ground

Central Intake Unit
255 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Please note: If you are currently homeless, or assisting an individual who is currently homeless, please see “For Social Workers.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of apartments do you rent?

Most units in Common Grounds permanent housing sites are studios, with private baths and kitchenettes. The Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence, The Lenniger Residences, and The Domenech offer different unit sizes but additional residency restrictions may apply. Please review each building’s application for more information.

Can I see a model apartment?

Because of the high-demand for our housing, we cannot keep model apartments open at our buildings or give tours to prospective applicants. However, applicants are shown units at the beginning of the interview process.

What amenities do you offer?

Common Ground sites offer an outstanding range of amenities and services to our tenants. 24-hour security personnel, superintendents and maintenance teams staff all of our buildings. Amenities vary from building to building, but all sites include social service and recreational programming staff, on-site laundry, fitness centers and computer labs.

To learn more about the amenities at our buildings, please visit the pages for our buildings.

Are your apartments furnished?

Yes, all units in Common Ground buildings are fully furnished. Most units include an efficiency kitchen, table, chairs, dresser and a bed.

May I bring in my own furniture?

Furniture provided by Common Ground at Betty Ross Friedman Residence, The Prince George, and The Times Square may be placed in storage if you wish to furnish the apartment yourself. However, furnishings provided at the other buildings cannot be removed, and additional furniture cannot be added.

Are pets allowed?

One pet per unit is allowed at The Times Square, The Prince George and The Domenech. No pets are allowed at our other sites.

Who lives in your buildings?

Common Ground houses a diverse population, and is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all of our tenants. Our building tenants include the formerly homeless, low-income individuals, performers and artists, people who have mental illnesses or physical disabilities and people living with HIV/AIDS.

How do you determine who is accepted into your buildings?

Common Ground conducts its intake process in accordance with federal fair housing laws and applicable state and local regulations. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their ability to abide by the terms of our lease. Factors such as history of financial obligations, employment history, legal history and acceptance of building diversity are all considered when determining whether to offer an applicant housing. At no point in the application process are you guaranteed an apartment until you have signed a lease and received the keys.

I’m having trouble downloading or opening the housing application. Can you send me one?

In order to view the applications, you will need an up-to-date version of a PDF-reading software, such as Adobe Reader. You can download it at no cost here. If you’re still having trouble, you may call the Central Intake Hotline at 1.800.324.7055 to request that an application be mailed to you.

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