Bridge Building Residence

Raising children in the face of homelessness is an enormous task. Mothers who become homeless frequently lack support from family and friends and are forced to place their boys and girls in foster care, compounding the already tragic effects of homelessness on the children. At the Bridge Building, we offer mothers secure, affordable housing that allows them to be reunited with their children.

The Bridge Building provides one- and two-bedroom apartments for homeless women and their children. Our counselors work with residents to help reverse the emotional damage of homelessness and domestic abuse, and create a safe, nurturing family atmosphere. New residents are often matched with a current resident who acts as a "big sister" and welcomes the family into the program as well as the surrounding neighborhood of East Harlem. In addition, we organize regular communal events such as a Tenants Committee, a book club, a Mothers Day celebration, and other holiday activities to help these families enjoy the comfort of home.

Residents also work toward financial independence with access to the full range of social services offered by the Coalition. Our staff works with each woman to further education, search for jobs, and prepare her resume so that she can ultimately provide for herself and her family.

For more information about the Bridge Building, please contact Yvonne Redic at yredic@cfthomeless.org or call 212-360-6273.

Please note this is a referral-based program only.

 

Cheryl

Cheryl

After finding out she was pregnant at the age of 17 and being kicked out of her house, Cheryl and her boyfriend spent the next five years in and out of the shelter system. They had two more children, but the stress of not having a place to stay was too much for the relationship. Her boyfriend disappeared and Cheryl was left on her own with three daughters to care for. While in the shelter, she was referred to the Coalition, and we moved her into our Bridge Building. She loved the sense of family that came from living in the apartment building. If there wasn’t enough food, she could go to the food pantry downstairs, and the Coalition was always there to make sure she and her children could celebrate the holidays with Thanksgiving baskets, clothing and toys. After living with us for just over a year, Cheryl found her own apartment and is moving out of the Bridge Building. We are sad to see her go, but are delighted that she is now able to live securely and independently for the first time in her life.