BVSJ’s Housing Department has developed an extensive portfolio of diverse housing opportunities for veterans and marginalized New Yorkers. BVSJ efficiently manages several housing components of supportive housing for chronically homeless veterans, veterans with substance abuse or mental illness, female veterans with children, those living with HIV/AIDS, chronically homeless adults, and veterans and their families. BVSJ offers housing opportunities for anyone that qualifies and lives within the five boroughs of New York.
Black Veterans for Social Justice (BVSJ) Shelter Operations Program is BVSJ’s largest Supportive Housing platform. Over the last 30 years, BVSJ has serviced thousands of single adult men and, recently, servicing women. BVSJ shelter operations are expanding under BVSJ’s leadership, with two additional shelters established by the end of 2023.
Pamoja House is a single adult men’s facility in a Historical Armory in Central Brooklyn. Pamoja Annex services 198 clients. Provide supportive services to men from all age groups designed to assist men in reducing barriers to permanent, sustainable housing. The foundation of the services model used is rooted in the belief that anyone willing to take responsibility for their own life is given the proper support and assistance with addressing barriers that lead to homelessness. Pamoja Annex services are structured in trauma-informed care methodology. It has been proven this approach increases the opportunity for residents to become productive members of society.
Red Carpet Annex was the first Annex under BVSJ to open. We provide supportive housing services to 62 single adult men. Red Carpet Annex follows the commitment set for by the founders of Black Veterans for Social Justice, Inc. Red Carpet currently serves 62 single adult men. Red Carpet staff work under the principle all clients are individuals, and services must be individualized to meet the client’s needs.
Kreshma Annex serves 114 clients inside a commercial hotel. We work hard to get our clients housing so they can return to the living world.
Linden Annex provides temporary shelter support for 54 single adult men. Clients are connected to community-based education, health (medical and mental) programs and employment. Clients are connected to programs that aid in job preparation, skills training, educational growth, employment and financial counseling.
Oasis Annex serves 92 single adult men in supportive shelter services. Oasis staff uses a trauma-informed approach to client services and recognizes the need to treat individuals with dignity and respect throughout the transitional process. Through holistic case management and evidence-based practices, BVSJ Shelter Operations endeavors to help single adults gain the necessary tools for independent living.
110-bed single adult women’s shelter in Bronx, New York
135-bed single adult men’s shelter in Kensington, Brooklyn
108-bed adult facility in Far Rockaway, Queens
200-bed men’s shelter in the Bronx, NY
Works with shelter residents and staff to provide case management and housing counseling services using a Housing First, person-centered approach that methodically addresses multiple barriers to housing permanency. The program provides supportive services to at least 60 veterans and community members with histories of chronic homelessness, substance abuse and other challenges who have received rental subsidies, including Emergency Housing Vouchers, HUD VASH, and City FHEPS.
The New York City Council has created a unique partnership linking labor unions, community groups and a network of respected workforce providers to mobilize efforts that will benefit job seekers, the under-employed and the unemployed New Yorkers.
In partnership with The Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Program, BVSJ provides services to meet the needs of Veterans and their families through outreach, suicide prevention services, connection to VA and community resources.