After a career-ending accident, Charlie Alvarez became homeless on the streets of New York City. But with the help of our outreach teams and staff at The Andrews, our transitional housing location on the Bowery, Charlie finally found a home again with Breaking Ground. Watch him tell his story in his own words, and how meaningful it was to reach his most recent milestone.
Monday, November 30, 2020
Even During a Pandemic, Celebrating a Milestone Year
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Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Tonight: Serving Up Home 2023
Join the Junior Board on Tuesday, May 23rd and raise crucial funds to help homeless New Yorkers on the path to permanent housing
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
2022 Impact Report
You, our community of supporters, helped Breaking Ground serve more New Yorkers in 2022 than any previous 12-month period
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Integrated Health Care for People and Their Pets
Improving access to health care for people experiencing homelessness and their pets through a holistic approach.
Friday, November 4, 2022
A New Beacon of Hope in Brooklyn
With 491 units of supportive and affordable housing, 90 Sands welcomes first residents in DUMBO, Brooklyn
Monday, October 24, 2022
Gala 2022 Raises Over $2.9 Million to Support Outreach and Housing Programs
On Thursday, October 20th, Breaking Ground held our annual Celebrating Home & Community Gala honoring Alice Carr, CEO of April Housing
Thursday, October 20, 2022
A New Start at 70
Leonard shares his experience of moving into Betances Residence and the importance of affordable housing
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Announcing a Major Expansion of Breaking Ground's Connect to Care Outreach Program
Mayor Adams, Partnership for New York City Launch Homeless Assistance Fund With NYC's Business Community to Provide Services for Unsheltered New Yorkers
Friday, June 17, 2022
A New Day for Sustainable Supportive Housing in the South Bronx
With 152 units of supportive and affordable housing, Betances Residence advances Breaking Ground's commitment to sustainable development
Monday, June 13, 2022
Save the Date for the 2022 Celebrating Home & Community Gala
Mark your calendars for our annual Celebrating Home & Community Gala honoring Alice Carr, CEO of April Housing, a Blackstone portfolio company.
Friday, June 10, 2022
Junior Board Raises Over $200K to Support Street Outreach in Midtown Manhattan
Serving Up Home: The Summer Edition takes the stage at the Prince George Ballroom to raise critical funds in support of street outreach for homeless New Yorkers
Sunday, May 1, 2022
2021 Impact Report: Outreach and Housing in Focus
See the impact you had through your support of Breaking Ground and our continuum of outreach and housing for vulnerable New Yorkers
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Save the Date for Serving Up Home: The Summer Edition
Join the Junior Board on Wednesday, June 8th and help raise crucial funds to help homeless New Yorkers come indoors
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Announcing a New Grant from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Grant to Provide Critical Services for Un-Documented Homeless New Yorkers
Saturday, January 1, 2022
Applications Now Available for Studio Units at La Central
View income guidelines and download an application to fill vacancies and replenish the waiting list
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Feeling More Independent Day by Day
See Joseph tell his story in his own words, and how our outreach and transitional housing teams helped him come indoors to housing
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Gala Returns In-Person, Sets New Record
On Thursday, October 7th, Breaking Ground held our annual Celebrating Home & Community Gala honoring Hugh Frater, CEO of Fannie Mae
Monday, August 16, 2021
After Years of Struggle, a Place to Rest
Maria struggled with homelessness and housing instability brought on by a health crisis. Today, she's safe and stable at Webster Residence in the Bronx.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Celebrating New Supportive Housing in Brooklyn
We gathered for a ribbon cutting and open house at Edwin's Place in Brownsville, with 125 new supportive and affordable apartments
Friday, July 9, 2021
New Project to Bring 900 Units of Affordable Housing to Central Brooklyn
Governor Cuomo announces team led by Breaking Ground and Douglaston Development selected to redevelop a portion of the Kingsboro Psychiatric Center
Monday, June 14, 2021
Lottery Application Opens for 78 Senior Apartments at Betances Residence
Applications are now available for new senior apartments at Betances Senior Residence - our first Passive House - in the Bronx
Friday, May 28, 2021
Passing the Citizenship Test with Flying Colors
A word of encouragement can make all the difference.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Michael Werner joins Breaking Ground Board of Directors
Real estate industry veteran joins Breaking Ground's governing body
Friday, April 30, 2021
Applications Available for Studio Units at Park House in the Bronx
View income guidelines and download an application to fill vacancies and replenish the waiting list
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Statement on the Verdict in the Murder of George Floyd
A brief moment of relief and gratitude for accountability amidst the continued struggle for justice and equity
Monday, March 1, 2021
2020 Impact Report, A Year Like No Other
Despite a pandemic that hit NYC hard, Breaking Ground sustained and grew our services for the most vulnerable New Yorkers in 2020
Monday, February 22, 2021
Breaking Ground CEO named #11 on Nonprofit Power 100
Our CEO, Brenda Rosen, made the Nonprofit Power 100 list for the third year running.
Friday, January 15, 2021
Seizing the Opportunity to Create New Affordable Housing at Reduced Cost
In an op-ed for Gotham Gazette, our CEO Brenda Rosen presents the case for hotel conversions to supportive and affordable housing, and why we should do it now.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Construction Begins on 90 Sands Supportive and Affordable Housing
We closed on construction financing and are moving forward to transform this former residential hotel into 491 units of permanent supportive housing
Monday, November 2, 2020
First Virtual Gala Raises $2.6 Million for Breaking Ground's Programs and Housing
In extraordinary times, our exceptional honoree - David Brickman, CEO of Freddie Mac - reminded us just how important affordable housing is to our recovery.
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Lyfe Stylz Salon All the Buzz at East Flatbush Safe Haven
Four expert barbers worked their magic on more than two dozen residents of our East Flatbush Safe Haven to help people look and feel their best.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Serving Up Home: Summer Edition - CANCELLED
Though we cannot gather in person this year, we celebrate our generous sponsors and the great work of our Junior Board.
Monday, June 29, 2020
Everybody Counts in the 2020 Census
Breaking Ground's street outreach teams help homeless clients access and complete 2020 Census surveys, ensuring that everybody counts.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
An Essential Lifeline for Homeless New Yorkers
Prepaid phones can mean the difference between finding permanent housing and remaining on the street during a pandemic.
Monday, May 18, 2020
Save the Date for the 2020 Celebrating Home & Community Gala
Mark your calendars for our annual Celebrating Home & Community Gala honoring David Brickman, Chief Executive Officer of Freddie Mac.
Friday, May 1, 2020
Breaking Ground COVID-19 Updates
We are essential. Breaking Ground teams across the city - from street outreach to permanent housing, are protecting our vulnerable clients and tenants.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Breaking Ground During the COVID-19 Outbreak
We are essential. Learn more about what we're doing to help homeless and vulnterable New Yorkers in this public health crisis.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
HOPE 2020 Goes Digital
More than 100 Breaking Ground volunteers, led by staff from our Street to Home program, canvassed the streets of Midtown Manhattan on Monday, January 27th.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
La Central opens in the South Bronx
More than 70 people joined us to cut the ribbon and officially open 161 units of supportive and affordable housing.
Friday, October 18, 2019
Gala Raises More Than $2.5 Million To Help Breaking Ground Build and Restore Lives
And we honored two exceptional New Yorkers in the fields of health and housing, who delivered stirring and moving remarks.
Friday, October 18, 2019
From Street to Home, A New Beginning
Mr. Broome overcame homelessness and addiction through the work of outreach and supportive housing
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Green, Affordable Senior Housing Breaks Ground in the Bronx
Celebrating the start of our first Passive House residence in the Mott Haven section of South Bronx
Monday, August 26, 2019
After More Than a Decade, Dignity Restored
Jeff Peronel is a man of few words, but his quiet ways belie a strength and resilience that saw him through homelessness on the streets of Brooklyn.
Monday, July 8, 2019
Opinion: How New York is ending homelessness
In this op-ed originally published by Apolitical, our CEO Brenda Rosen writes on the importance of a housing first approach.
Monday, June 17, 2019
Affordable Housing Makes All the Difference
Legally blind from birth, Emilio has made huge strides in his decade of living at our Schermerhorn residence in Downtown Brooklyn.
Monday, June 3, 2019
Applications Now Available for La Central
Apply now for 63 affordable studio apartments at our newest development in the South Bronx, slated to be complete later this summer.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
World's Big Sleepout in New York City
On December 7, more than 50,000 people in cities and locations across the world will sleep out to raise awareness and critical funds to address homelessness.
Friday, March 1, 2019
Building NY: New York Stories with our CEO Brenda Rosen
Our CEO Brenda Rosen sits down with host Michael Stoler to discuss her background and career helping people overcome and avoid homelessness.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Everybody Counts at HOPE 2019
More than 100 Breaking Ground volunteers, led by staff from our Street to Home program, canvassed the streets of Midtown Manhattan on Monday, January 28th.
Friday, November 2, 2018
Celebrating Home & Community Gala 2018 Breaks Records
Breaking Ground celebrates 28 years of service to New Yorkers who experience or are at risk of homelessness, and honors two giants of affordable housing.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
CEO Brenda Rosen named to Nonprofit Power 50
Brenda was named #9 on a list of the most powerful leaders in the New York nonprofit community.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Edwin's Place: A New Beginning in Brooklyn
Construction is now under way at Edwin's Place in Brownsville, Brooklyn - 125 supportive and affordable apartments that will be home to vulnerable New Yorkers.
Monday, August 20, 2018
Summer Interns Learn the Ropes
Three interns from Bronx high schools became Breaking Ground interns for the summer, learning all about our mission and our work.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Breaking Ground Welcomes New Board Member
Wells Fargo's Kara McShane joins the Breaking Ground Board of Directors
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Webster Residence Opens in the Bronx
On Tuesday, May 15 Breaking Ground and our partners gathered to cut the ribbon at Webster Residence, our latest supportive housing project in the Bronx.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Save the Date - 11.1.2018
Save the Date for our annual Celebrating Home & Community Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street, honoring Jeffrey E. Levine and RuthAnne Visnauskas.
Monday, March 19, 2018
UK Students Build App for Street Outreach Teams
Students from the University of Kentucky visited Breaking Ground to learn more about outreach as they build a data collection app
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Volunteers Make it Count at HOPE 2018
More than 100 volunteers braved the cold and stayed up late with us on January 23rd to make the night count.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Webster Avenue Affordable Housing Lottery
Lottery applications are available for 80 affordable studio apartments at our Webster Avenue residence in the Bronx. Apply now through March 20th, 2018.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
A Special Visit to the Prince George
The Prince George receives a visit from a former resident who relied on Breaking Ground when she needed help more than a decade ago.
Friday, October 20, 2017
YPC Presents “Building Blocks”
Breaking Ground’s Young Professionals Committee kicked off their Building Blocks speakers series with a panel on urban farming and gardening at The Christopher.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Park House Opens in the Bronx
Park House, our first ground-up, all affordable residence designed primarily for families with children, opens in the Bronx.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
NY1 Visits Queens Drop-In Center
In May, Breaking Ground began seeing clients of our new Drop-In Center in Ozone Park, Queens.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Inaugural Serving Up Home 2017
On Monday, June 5th more than 250 people came together to raise funds and awareness for our outreach & housing programs serving street homeless New Yorkers.