Breaking Ground doesn’t just build and operate top quality housing. We create neighborhood assets that promote social inclusion. Our buildings preserve historic landmarks, transform neglected properties, and introduce new resources and opportunities to surrounding communities. The residences we build and operate provide permanent homes for vulnerable individuals, and our model works best when we are part of the very fabric of the neighborhood.
The Prince George Ballroom
In 2004, Breaking Ground restored the 19th century Beaux-Arts ballroom at the Prince George to the full splendor of its Renaissance-inspired design, which features ornamented columns and elaborate pilaster work. Proceeds from event rentals by private parties and community organizations alike support Breaking Ground’s mission.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at the Prince George
In 2001, Breaking Ground introduced a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for tenants of the Prince George and residents of the Madison Square District. In exchange for a modest membership fee, participants receive fresh, in-season produce each week from June to November. The program enables our low-income residents and their neighbors to afford good quality, healthy produce, available at their doorstep.
The Schermerhorn’s Double Identity
The Schermerhorn in Downtown Brooklyn is a haven for both the formerly homeless and for lovers of the arts. In addition to providing 216 units of supportive housing, the building is home to the Brooklyn Ballet’s performance studio and a state-of-the-art black box theater. With a low-income tenant population dominated by people working in the performing arts, such as actors, dancers, singers and filmmakers, the building helps to ensure that the creative work of local artists will continue to enrich the city.
Hegeman Community Garden
In 2016, Breaking Ground introduced a community garden as part of our 161-unit permanent supportive housing project at 39 Hegeman Avenue in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The 2,500 square foot park area offers educational and recreational programming for neighborhood residents. This amenity is one of few safe, attractive, well-designed open spaces for residents of this challenged and under-resourced neighborhood. View photos of the garden in action.