The Christopher celebrates 10th Anniversary

Once made famous by The Village People, The Christopher residence on West 24th Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood is still a place where “you can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal.“ But, for the past 10 years, this site has been so much more than just a place to rent a room for the night. In 2004, Common Ground reconfigured the old McBurney YMCA as The Christopher residence, where we could provide urgently needed permanent supportive housing resources for some of New York’s most vulnerable populations.

The Christopher exemplifies Common Ground’s model and approach to creating a better society. Among its 207 micro-efficiency units are apartments reserved to benefit youth aging out of foster care, chronically homeless adults and working New Yorkers who struggle to make a life on extremely low-incomes. This building offers a wide array of onsite case management services, access to medical care, a beautiful planted green roof, computer lab, laundry room, and spacious front lobby with 24-hour security.

On October 1, 2014, Common Ground staff, supporters, and tenants gathered to recognize and celebrate a decade of successfully realizing our goals at The Christopher. We especially thank Good Shepherd Services for operating their Foyer program at this site to benefit the youth population and our social service partner, the Center for Urban Community Services, for their help with assuring the ongoing stability and a decent quality of life for The Christopher’s adult residents.

To view photos of the day’s events, please visit our Facebook page.