The Domenech

Building Overview

Location Brooklyn   view map
Housing Type Permanent
Opened 2011
Units 72
Residents 40% homeless seniors with special needs. 60% low-income seniors (62 and older) in the Brownsville area
On-site Services Case management, recreational activities, self-sufficiency workshops, health and medical care coordination and support
Special Features
  • Green building: anticipated LEED silver certification, highly insulating translucent walls, high efficiency condensing boilers, low toxicity paints and materials, water-saving fixtures to reduce water usage by up to 40%, green roof
  • Community garden space
  • Library and computer lab
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Wheelchair access and other accommodations for individuals with limited mobility
  • 24-hour security
Project Cost $24 million

The Domenech is Common Ground’s first residence for low-income seniors, many of whom have a history of chronic homelessness.  Located in Brownsville, Brooklyn, the seven-story building contains a mix of one-bedroom and studio apartments. 

The building is named in honor of Irving Domenech, a local resident and dedicated community activist who was a 19-year veteran of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Mr. Domenech was also a member of East Brooklyn Congregations, a local partner in the project, and was instrumental in organizing local support for the building. 

Common Ground coordinates on-site social services to assist residents in connecting with community resources, advocating for entitlements, and coordinating home care and medical services. Activities and support groups are also available. 


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Virtual Tour

  • The Domenech exterior

  • Exterior courtyard at the Domenech