Critical to the success of Common Grounds housing management model is our commitment to inclusive, mixed-income communities. Rather than being marginalized in quasi-institutional settings, our formerly homeless tenants live alongside a diverse group of low-income professionals. In addition to making it possible for street homeless individuals to renew their lives, the affordability, security, and prime location of Common Ground housing enables thousands of men and women for whom city life would not otherwise be financially feasible to contribute to the unique character of the Big Apple. Some are young people newly embarking on an independent life, while others are winding down their careers or cutting down on expenses after retirement. Many of our low-income tenants work in the creative fields New York is famous for: actors, dancers, fine artists, and fashion entrepreneurs.