History

1990 Breaking Ground is founded and New York State Incorporated
1992 Times Square residence opens after extensive renovations – with 650 units it’s the largest permanent supportive housing site in the nation
1996 Breaking Ground begins property management services for other nonprofits by operating the Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence owned by The Actors Fund
1999 The Prince George residence opens in Manhattan after extensive renovations (and is subsequently listed on the National Registration of Historic Places)
2004 Street to Home homelessness outreach pilot begins in the Times Square neighborhood of Manhattan
  The Christopher residence opens in Manhattan with our first Foyer units to assist youth aging out of foster care (for a program operating by Good Shepherd Services)
2005 Prince George Ballroom opens to generate earned income for Breaking Ground human service programming
2007 City of New York adopts core features of Street to Home as a five-borough strategy
  Breaking Ground begins green capital campaign to construct six supportive residences for LEED certification
2008 Breaking Ground begins providing transitional services to homeless veterans at a 96-unit residence on the Montrose, New York (Westchester County) campus of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
2009 Breaking Ground’s housing expands to Brooklyn with the opening of 160 Schermerhorn Street in collaboration with The Actors Fund
  The Andrews residence reopens on the Bowery after extensive renovations; it becomes New York City’s largest safe haven transitional housing site
  Breaking Ground opens its first purely affordable residence, the Betty Ruth and Milton B. Hollander Foundation Center in Hartford, CT
2010 The Lee residence opens on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, with our second Foyer program (operated in partnership with The Door)
  Breaking Ground expands to the Bronx with the opening of The Brook residence
2011 The Domenech, Breaking Ground’s first senior exclusive permanent supportive residence, opens in Brownsville, Brooklyn
  Breaking Ground begins operating permanent supportive family housing through managing the Lenniger Residences for the Center for Urban Community Services
  Breaking Ground houses its 5,000th tenant
2012 The Hegeman opens as Breaking Ground’s third Brooklyn permanent supportive residence
  Breaking Ground Ground doubles its Street to Home responsibilities in Manhattan
  Eastman Commons opens,Breaking Ground’s first supportive residence in Rochester, NY
  Cedarwoods with units for very-low income and formerly homeless residents of Central Connecticut opens in Willimantic
2013 Breaking Ground formally establishes a fee-for-service to help other real estate entities lease up and provide regulatory compliance for their affordable (80/20) residential sites
2015 Breaking Ground celebrates its 25th anniversary and over 12,000 persons helped to escape and avoid homelessness
2016 Breaking Ground opens its second permanent supportive residence in the Bronx at 1191 Boston Road
  Breaking Ground begins operating The Sydell, a permanent supportive residence of the Center for Urban Community Services
  Breaking Ground triples street outreach staff in Brooklyn and Queens, and doubles outreach staff in Manhattan, as part of New York City’s HOME-STAT initiative
2017 Breaking Ground opens new Safe Haven transitional housing sites in the Midwood and East Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
  Breaking Ground opens its first Drop-In Center, Room for All, to serve people experiencing street homelessness in Queens.