Our Results

At Breaking Ground, we aren’t working to make a difference for a day; we are supporting transformations that will last a lifetime. Each year, the number of men and women who transform their lives with our help number in the hundreds. When you add to that the scores of residents who derive stability, enrichment and a sense of community at our buildings year after year, the number grows to the thousands.

We have the data to prove it. Our Quality Assurance & Compliance Department continuously evaluates the functioning of our buildings, the stability of our tenants, and our program outcomes. This attention to both quantitative and qualitative indicators helps us identify and implement best practices and develop new programs and services in changing client needs.

Breaking Ground consistently meets the following annual benchmarks:

  • Provide safe, affordable, well designed, permanent affordable and supportive homes to at least 3,300 formerly homeless individuals, low-income working adults and families.
  • Operate 302 transitional housing units at three sites to provide chronically homeless clients, including at least 96 homeless veterans, with secure, clean, welcoming places to call home as they prepare to move into permanent homes.
  • Place at least 350 street homeless individuals into housing through our Street to Home outreach program.
  • Ensure that at least 95% of clients placed into housing remain stably housed one year later.
  • Maintain an eviction rate of less than 1 percent across our permanent supportive housing residences. (Ours is one of the lowest rates in the industry.)
  • Maintain a robust housing development pipeline that will create an average of 50 units of supportive housing per year.

Awards & Honors

Design & Preservation

  • 2014

    BSA Housing Design Award

    The Hegeman

    The BSA (Boston Society of Architects) Award for Housing Design honors projects that embody excellence in housing, that can be located anywhere in the world as long as the architect/firm currently resides in New England or New York. The judging is based on design excellence, defined by the BSA as the extent to which the design is aesthetic, functional, contextual, sustainable, social and “liveable.”

    Residential Architect Design Award

    The Brook

    Residential Architect Design Award, sponsored by Architect Magazine

    Society of Registered Architects Award of Merit

    The Brook

    The mission of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) is to provide architectural professionals opportunities to unite as a common voice and work together for the betterment of the profession; the advancement of all mankind and sustainability of the environment; and foster the Golden Rule of "Architect helping Architect."

  • 2013

    Building Brooklyn Award

    The Hegeman

    Recognizing new construction and renovation projects that enrich Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and local economy.

  • 2012

    American Planning Association Paul Davidoff Award

    The NY Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association awards the Paul Davidoff Award which recognizes leadership in housing and equal opportunity.

    AIA New York Housing Design Award of Merit

    The Hegeman

    Established by the American Institute of Architects to recognize outstanding architectural design by New York City architects and for work in New York City.

  • 2011

    Building Brooklyn Award

    The Domenech

    Recognizing new construction and renovation projects that enrich Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and local economy.

    American Institute of Architects Housing Award

    The Schermerhorn

    Recognizing the best in housing design and promoting the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable natural resource.

  • 2010

    American Council of Engineering Diamond Award

    The Schermerhorn

    In recognition of exceptional engineering design in the construction industry.

    Connecticut Preservation Award from the Connecticut Trust

    The Betty Ruth and Milton B. Hollander Foundation Center

    Recognizes outstanding preservation projects and people who have made significant contributions to the preservation of Connecticut’s historic resources.

    Connecticut Building Congress Project Team Award

    Honors outstanding building projects that exemplify collaboration among building owners, architects, engineers and construction professionals.

    Building Brooklyn Award

    The Schermerhorn

    Recognizing new construction and renovation projects that enrich Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and local economy.

  • 2006

    Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award

    The Prince George

    The Moses Award is the New York Landmark Conservancy’s highest honor for outstanding preservation efforts. The award was given to Breaking Ground’s Prince George Ballroom restoration in recognition of its role in the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the City.

  • 2005

    AIA New York Housing Design Awards, Citation

    The Schermerhorn

    Established by the American Institute of Architects to recognize outstanding architectural design by New York City architects and for work in New York City.

  • 2002

    World Habitat Award

    The Prince George

    The World Habitat Awards were established in 1985 in honor of the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless. Two awards are given annually to projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems.

  • 1997

    Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, Gold Medal

    The Times Square

    In recognition of buildings and public spaces in American cities that are developed with such vision and imagination that they transform urban problems into creative solutions.

Excellence in Organizational Vision & Management

  • 2014

    Optimas Gold Award for Partnership

    The Optimas Awards, given by Workforce magazine, recognize human resources and workforce management initiatives that achieve business results. Breaking Ground was recognized for partnering with Robin Hood Foundation and McKinsey & Co. to create a five-year strategic plan. More details can be found here.

  • 2013

    Best Companies To Work For in New York State

    Sponsored by the New York State Society of Human Resources Management, this award is based on surveys of current Breaking Ground staff and organizational practices and benefits packages. Breaking Ground was among 20 large companies named “Best Employer” in 2013.

  • 2012

    Best Companies To Work For in New York State

    Sponsored by the New York State Society of Human Resources Management, this award is based on surveys of current Breaking Ground staff and organizational practices and benefits packages. Breaking Ground was among 24 large companies named “Best Employer” in 2012.

  • 1998

    The Peter Drucker Award for Non-Profit Innovation

    Established in 1991, the award is granted to a social sector organization that demonstrates Drucker’s definition of innovation: change that creates a new dimension of performance.