About Us

At Breaking Ground, we believe that everyone deserves a home.

That’s why, since 1990, we have been providing permanent affordable housing for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. 

Beginning with a single building, we are now New York City’s largest provider of supportive housing. We own and/or operate 19 properties with a total of 3,530 transitional and permanent apartments in New York City and beyond.

  • For chronically homeless people, we create safe, secure housing with essential on-site support services to help them address the psychosocial, mental, and physical health problems that are obstacles to independent living.
  • For those at risk of homelessness, our affordable housing provides an all-important safety net.

We also run the City’s around-the-clock street outreach efforts in all of Brooklyn and Queens, along with nearly one-third of Manhattan.

Our work has enabled more than 13,000 people to overcome or avoid homelessness since 1990, and we increase that number every single day. As of 2017, we have more than 1,500 units of housing in various stages of development in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, and are expanding our outreach and transitional housing programs so that we can offer help to every single homeless person we meet.