Mental Health Housing
The Bridge offers all 3 levels of mental health housing licensed and funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In order to qualify for this housing, an individual must have a serious mental illness diagnosis. Some units also require a history of homelessness.
- 24-hour Supervised Community Residences: The Bridge Supervised Community Residence Program is transitional housing that consists of 11 single-site residences with 214 clients. These programs have 24-hour staffing, supervised medication, and an emphasis on skills training so that residents can move to more independent housing. The residences are located throughout Manhattan and The Bronx.
- Apartment Treatment: In this transitional residential program, located in Manhattan, The Bridge provides housing to 67 clients in leased apartments in conventional buildings in the community. Bridge staff visits clients at their apartments on a regularly scheduled and as-needed basis. In order to live in this level of housing, clients must be reliable in maintaining self-medication and have the skills necessary to take care of an apartment and to use the resources in the community to maintain themselves successfully.
- Independent Graduate (Supported) Housing: This level is permanent housing in which residents maintain a service relationship with a Bridge case manager. Apartments are located in Manhattan, The Bronx and Queens. Some apartments are designated for persons with histories of homelessness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Green Mental Health Housing
The Bridge has now completed green mental health housing upgrades. Through innovative re-financing secured through Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), The Bridge was able to secure $5 million of capital necessary to upgrade residence buildings that were opened between 1983 and 1992. This undertaking is called the 202 Revitalization Project and involves the renovations, upgrades and energy-efficient/green additions to 5 Housing and Urban Development (HUD 202) mortgaged properties that Bridge bundled together under this one project. The project has immeasurably enhanced the quality of life for the 76 tenants who are mentally ill, formerly homeless and aging. All future Bridge housing developments will include green features.