ICL Supportive Housing Program Reduces Psychiatric Hospitalizations for People With Serious Mental Illness
On-site whole health services helped 90 percent of residents avoid a psychiatric emergency room visit; the number of residents seeing a primary care physician more than doubled
Program supports those experiencing serious mental health challenges and histories of homelessness and institutionalization
This month, the Institute for Community Living (ICL) Nevins Street Apartments housing program marked one year of providing housing paired with whole health supports for individuals and families experiencing mental health challenges and homelessness—offering a model of success amid the city’s dual mental health and housing crises.
Residents at ICL Nevins Street Apartments are healthier, happier, and more independent by many measures. Since moving in a year ago, 90 percent of residents have not needed to visit a psychiatric emergency room; 36 percent are connected to mental health services; and the number of residents seeing a primary care physician more than doubled. Six residents have also been connected to work.
The mixed-use development in downtown Brooklyn offers 78 supportive homes, including for veterans, individuals with substance use disorder, and young adults who have aged out of foster care. Amenities at Nevins include 24-hour front desk security, an exercise room, a computer lab, bike parking, a community room, a multi-purpose room, a laundry room, and tenant storage rooms. The building is in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, with easy access to multiple subway lines, the LIRR at Atlantic Terminal, and several bus routes. The neighborhood features abundant shopping, restaurants, entertainment, health care, and recreation.
“Housing is the best prescription for health and well-being. Nevins Street Apartments proves that providing a safe place to call home and whole health services can help those struggling with severe mental challenges get better,” said Jody Rudin, President and CEO of ICL. “This type of program is essential to addressing the dual housing and mental health crises in New York City. And Nevins reflects ICL’s commitment to integrated, whole-person care focused on addressing an individual’s physical, mental, and social well-being.”
Nevins Street Apartments offers more than just a home; the supportive housing program addresses many of the vital conditions that impact well-being, including integrated physical and mental health care. ICL counselors and case managers support residents, including families and children, in addressing financial stability, nutrition and health, education, and social isolation.
“My dream was to have my own place. A year ago, when I was living at a shelter, I would stand outside of Nevins and envision one day living here,” said Yumedys Gonzalez, a resident at Nevins Street Apartments. “I love living here because of the peace it gives me, the supportive staff, and how I can be independent. I’ve proved to myself that I can do this.”
About the Institute for Community Living
ICL helps New Yorkers with behavioral health challenges live healthy and fulfilling lives by providing comprehensive housing, healthcare, and recovery services. The organization serves more than 12,000 people every year in 128 programs across the five boroughs.