According to the New York City Department of Homeless Services' 2010 Annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate survey, over 39,000 people reside in shelters nightly and another 3,000 live on New York City's streets and subways. These numbers, which are on the rise, reflect both the continued impact of our national economic crisis, and a City that feels compelled to respond. Operating for 40 years, the BRC (Bowery Residents' Committee) is one of the most effective housing and social service providers in New York City. Described by The New York Times as one of the city's "most respected charity groups,” BRC offers 27 programs that in the past year served over 8,000 of NYC's neediest individuals. More than 60% of those who leave BRC do so having successfully achieved their goals for housing, employment, stability in health and sobriety, and more.
"This new multi-service center and agency headquarters, with its complementary offerings of transitional housing, case management and treatment services, will enable BRC to help hundreds more needy New Yorkers to break the cycle of homelessness and reclaim lives lost. It will also create over 250 new jobs, and help to restore the city's economy. Thanks to NFF and their investment in BRC and the people we serve, we were able to seize this opportunity and turn a dream into a reality.”