Press Releases

Breaking Ground Opens Park House: New Affordable Housing for Families in the Bronx

Breaking Ground, New York’s largest supportive housing developer, today celebrated the opening of Park House, the agency’s first ground-up, all-affordable residence for families with children. Located at 4275 Park Avenue, Park House delivers 248 units of affordable housing to the Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx, including 40 permanently affordable units made possible through the City’s Voluntary Inclusionary Housing program. Read more.

Breaking Ground Begins Construction on New Supportive Housing at La Central in the Bronx

Breaking Ground, New York’s largest supportive housing developer, broke ground today with its partner, Comunilife, Inc., on a new development as part of the La Central large scale mixed-use project in the Bronx. Breaking Ground’s new residence will bring 160 units of permanent affordable supportive housing to La Central, as part of the total 992 units of mixed-income housing that will be built at the site, in addition to new retail, community, and recreation spaces. Breaking Ground’s supportive housing at La Central will mark the non-profit’s 21st building, with supportive and affordable housing primarily in New York City as well as upstate New York and Connecticut. Read more.

Breaking Ground CEO Brenda Rosen Named Chair of The Network’s Board of Directors

The Supportive Housing Network of New York (The Network) today announced Brenda Rosen, President and CEO of Breaking Ground, is the organization’s new chair of its Board of Directors. The non-profit Breaking Ground is New York’s largest supportive housing provider. Brenda Rosen replaces Richman Housing Resources LLC President William Traylor, who is stepping down as Board Chair after twelve years of dedicated service in this role. Read more.

Michelin-Starred Chefs Raise Money for Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground today announced Serving Up Home, a one-night-only benefit event featuring Michelin-starred chefs Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Carlo Mirarchi, Günter Seeger, and Michael White to support critical services for New York City’s homeless. On Monday, June 5th at 7:30 p.m., the chefs will prepare signature dishes to be served at a special fundraiser in the Prince George Ballroom for Breaking Ground, New York City’s largest provider of street outreach services and supportive housing for homeless New Yorkers. Benefit attendees will enjoy the chefs’ tasting dishes, passed assaggi by Il Posto Tuo as well as an open bar and gourmet desserts. All proceeds will go directly to benefiting the nonprofit’s street outreach and transitional housing services. Read more.

David Walsh, Senior VP at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Joins Breaking Ground Board

Breaking Ground announced the appointment of David Walsh, Senior Vice President of Community Development Banking at JP Morgan Chase, to their board of directors. Prior to joining JP Morgan Chase, Mr. Walsh served for three years as Senior Vice President of Multifamily Programs for New York State Homes & Community Renewal where he oversaw the structuring and overall financing of approximately 10,000 units of affordable housing located throughout the State of New York. Read more.

Ian Shrank joins Breaking Ground Board

Breaking Ground, New York City’s largest supportive housing developer and manager, announced that Ian Shrank has joined the organization’s board of directors. Mr. Shrank is a former partner at the law firms of Allen & Overy LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and serves on the board for the Hebrew Free Loan Society, The Pingry School in New Jersey, and the Bronx-based Per Scholas, Inc. Read more.

Grant from the van Ameringen Foundation for psychiatric programming

Funding Will Support Critical On-site Care for Formerly Homeless New Yorkers
Breaking Ground today announced a grant from the van Ameringen Foundation, which will provide psychiatric services for 112 formerly homeless New Yorkers living in Breaking Ground’s Scatter Site program. The grant will allow for the hiring of a psychiatrist and the development of an extensive two-year mental health-focused training program for Breaking Ground’s case managers to better support their clients suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. Read more.

New Name, Expanded Mission

Common Ground, New York City’s largest supportive housing provider, today announced its new name: Breaking Ground. The name change comes on the occasion of the organization’s 25th anniversary. Since its founding in 1990, Breaking Ground has introduced groundbreaking solutions to homelessness – including being a pioneer in the Housing First movement, managing the largest permanent supportive housing residence in the country, and championing great architecture and design for low-income housing. The new name reflects the organization’s history of restoring and building structures and lives, and signals a new era of growth and an expanded mission that goes beyond supportive housing in combating homelessness. Read more.

Ricardo Anzaldua of MetLife joins Common Ground Board

Common Ground, New York City’s largest supportive housing developer and manager, announced that Ricardo Anzaldua has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Anzaldua is Executive Vice President and General Counsel at MetLife, Inc., where he leads the company’s global legal operations, and oversees MetLife’s corporate secretary’s office and corporate ethics and compliance group. Read more.

Kevin Moran named Common Ground CFO

NEW YORK – Common Ground, New York City’s largest supportive housing developer and manager, announced the appointment of Kevin Moran as the non-profit’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Moran – who has more than 20 years of experience in affordable housing, real estate, and financial service – previously served as Chief Financial Officer for The Community Preservation Corporation. Read more.

David Neil of The Durst Organization Joins the Common Ground Board

NEW YORK – Common Ground, New York City’s largest supportive housing developer and manager, announced that David Neil has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Neil is the Chief Administrative Officer of The Durst Organization’s Leasing and Marketing Division. “I am thrilled David has joined Common Ground’s Board of Directors. With his unique combination of real estate expertise, dedication to sustainability, and background in the non-profit and human services sector, he will be an invaluable part of our team,” said Jamie Rubin, President and Chair of Common Ground’s Board of Directors. Read more.

Statement from Common Ground on Mayor’s Housing Plan

Brenda Rosen, Executive Director of Common Ground, released the following statement in reaction to Mayor de Blasio's housing plan: "Common Ground applauds Mayor de Blasio for making supportive and family housing a priority in his landmark affordable housing plan. New York City is facing a homelessness epidemic and desperately needs safe, secure homes to accommodate an array of underserved populations. Read more.

Philip Silverman, Senior Vice President at North Shore-LIJ Health System, Joins Common Ground Board

NEW YORK – Common Ground, New York City’s largest supportive housing developer and manager, announced that Philip Silverman has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Silverman is Senior Vice President for Facilities and Real Estate at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, where he is responsible for real estate and the physical planning, design and construction throughout the health system. “Phil has deep experience in New York real estate with extensive involvement in developments that consider needs of unique populations, from planning and negotiations to implementation, as well as a commitment to helping underserved New Yorkers. We are very excited to welcome Phil to Common Ground’s Board of Directors,” said Brenda Rosen, Executive Director of Common Ground. Read more.

David L. Picket, President of Gotham Organization Joins Common Ground Board

NEW YORK – Common Ground, New York City’s largest supportive housing developer and manager, announced that David L. Picket, President of Gotham Organization, Inc., has joined its Board of Directors. Gotham Organization is a privately owned, family-run business spanning eight decades of work in New York City real estate and operates more than 2.8 million square feet of residential and retail properties. “I am thrilled to welcome David Picket to Common Ground’s Board of Directors,” said Brenda Rosen, Executive Director of Common Ground. “David and his family have a long and distinguished history in real estate, and he shares Common Ground’s strong commitment to improving the lives of underserved New Yorkers.” Read more.

Common Ground and Partners Break Ground on New Affordable Housing in the Bronx for Seniors

BRONX, NEW YORK –New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) and New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) joined Common Ground, and partners to celebrate the groundbreaking of Boston Road, a new 154‐unit permanent supportive residence for older adults that is one of the first projects to use the New York State Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) capital funding to employ housing as a strategy for reducing health care costs. The Medicaid Redesign Team was established by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to create efficiencies in the state’s Medicaid program. Last year HPD and HCR announced their joint commitment to utilize new tools and resources, including the MRT funding, to double HPD’s production of supportive housing units throughout the City to help meet the needs of New York’s most vulnerable citizens. Also in attendance were Acting Commissioner of the New York State Division on Human Rights/Former New York City Council Member Helen Foster, New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, RBC Capital Partners, and others. Read more.

Common Ground and Partners Celebrate Opening of Eastman Commons in Rochester

ROCHESTER, NY – Today, Common Ground, New York State Homes & Community Renewal, City of Rochester Mayor Thomas S. Richards, and other public and private partners celebrated the official opening of Eastman Commons, a new affordable, supportive housing development in Rochester’s historic Maplewood neighborhood. City Council President Lovely Warren, Norstar Development USA President Richard Higgins, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group Vice President Rachel Diller and other partners also attended the ribbon cutting. Read more.

Common Ground’s Newest Affordable Housing: Cedarwoods in Willimantic, Connecticut

CONNECTICUT – Today, Common Ground was joined by Governor Dannel Malloy, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Connecticut Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Eric Chatman, Town of Windham Mayor Ernie Eldridge, United Services President Diane Manning and other partners at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Cedarwoods, a new 60-unit, LEED certified building for low-income residents and veterans in Willimantic, Connecticut. Read more.

Dr. Robert Sideli Joins Common Ground Board

NEW YORK – Common Ground, New York City’s largest supportive housing developer and manager, announced that Robert V. Sideli, MD has joined its Board of Directors. Dr. Sideli is the Chief Information Officer for the Columbia University Medical Center. Supportive housing is increasingly viewed as a critical component to our healthcare system and, as a member of the board, Dr. Sideli will support Common Ground with his analytic and medical expertise. Read more.

Christopher P. Frissora Joins Common Ground Board

Common Ground, New York City’s largest supportive housing developer and manager, announced that Christopher P. Frissora has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Frissora is a Director at the investment management firm Angelo, Gordon & Co. and serves on the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board. Read more.