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Mission & Model

Common 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.

Common Ground’s success in ending homelessness is built on a housing model that targets individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

  • For the chronically homeless, we create safe, secure housing, with essential on-site support services to help them address the psychosocial, mental, and physical health problems that are obstacles to independent living.
  • For individuals who find themselves at the edge of homelessness, our affordable housing provides an all-important safety net.

For both populations, we strive to create strong, vibrant communities within our buildings and to strengthen the neighborhoods in which our buildings are located through a commitment to social inclusion.

Since its founding, Common Ground has created 3,200 units of affordable permanent and transitional housing in the northeastern United States and enabled more than 5,000 people to overcome homelessness. We currently operate 13 transitional and permanent housing residences and more than 120 scatter site units in four New York City boroughs, as well as a transitional residence for homeless veterans in Westchester County, NY, a permanent supportive residence in Rochester, NY and two low-income residences in Connecticut. Common Ground also manages the innovative street outreach program, Street to Home, which connects the most entrenched, long-term homeless individuals with housing and other critical supportive services.