Founded in 1974 as a bold response to the mass release of patients from New York’s psychiatric hospitals, the mission of Community Access is to assist people with psychiatric disabilities in making the transition from shelters and institutions to independent living. We provide safe, affordable housing and support services, and we advocate for the rights of people to live without fear or stigma.
Community Access is one of the oldest and largest nonprofits in New York City dedicated to helping individuals overcome mental illness and homelessness. Through our efforts, we have transformed the lives of thousands of low-income New Yorkers. We own and operate 24 housing programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, which are home to over 1,500 individuals and families. We also run New York City’s first ever crisis respite center—an innovative alternative to hospitalization and emergency rooms—as well as award-winning recovery, education and treatment programs which touch the lives over 1,000 participants each year.