Mayor de Blasio Visited Our Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Residence and Announced Task Force to Help Deliver 15,000 New Units of Supportive Housing
NEW YORK—At a visit to Catholic Charities Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Residence, a supportive housing program, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the formation of a Supportive Housing Task Force to help the city implement its plan to create 15,000 units of supportive housing.
Supportive housing is affordable permanent housing with services, including case management, mental health and substance use disorder services, access to medical care, and other social and supportive services. Supportive housing has a proven record of helping stabilize people’s lives and reducing reliance on homeless shelters, hospitals, mental health institutions and jail.
“The creation of 15,000 supportive apartments means giving 15,000 individuals the best possible opportunity to overcome deep challenges like mental illness, homelessness and substance misuse,” said Mayor de Blasio. “It means thousands of people off the street, out of shelter, away from the revolving door of the criminal justice system and emergency rooms. As the Bishop Sullivan Residence demonstrates, supportive housing is a proven, cost-effective approach.”
For the full press release from the Office of the Mayor, click here.
CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Monsignor Alfred LoPinto said, “Buildings like this one, SROs for the formerly homeless, will not only provide a home for those who need it but ongoing support so that each resident can thrive.”
At our Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Residence in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, 22 new, permanent apartments were recently created for formerly homeless veterans. Mayor de Blasio addressed one of our formerly homeless veteran tenants, Mr. Darryl Harper, as well as a longtime tenant Sylvia Flowers, both who expressed gratitude to have a place to call home.
See more photos of the press conference in our gallery.