Residents: Families currently experiencing homelessness
Partners: Urban Resource Institute, NYC DHS
Settlement Housing Fund developed the St. John’s Place Family Center in 1990 as an alternative to welfare hotels. We are currently planning for the rehabilitation of the property as it transitions to management and ownership by the Urban Resource Institute, a major provider of shelter services. Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Center has provided temporary housing, day care and other services to 97 families at a time, assisting them in their search for employment and affordable housing. In 1994, we added permanent housing on the block for 33 low-income families in an adjacent building including ten families who relocated from the Center, and in 2004 we developed a new affordable housing building across the street for 35 families.
The Family Center has a strong track record of working with other community groups in Crown Heights, and welcomed volunteers from the New York Horticultural Society’s Green Team, New York Cares and others to restore a neighboring community garden for use by the Center, as well as others in the community. A SUNY ATTAIN Lab also occupies space at the Family Shelter to provide residents and the larger Brooklyn community with computer skills training and certifications.