Lantern Organization, established as a nonprofit in 1997, participates in activities that strengthen New York communities, by, in part, increasing the supply of affordable housing combined with on-site opportunities for personal enrichment and growth.
Lantern housing initiatives are a model for innovative development of permanent and affordable supportive housing. As a leader in the field, Lantern is often among the first to identify solutions for creating permanent housing options for special needs and low income populations, including:
- Families headed by an adult living with HIV,mental illness, or other special needs
- Families headed by a senior aged adult caring for one or more children
- Single adults living with HIV, mental illness, or other special needs
- Young adults who are working and/or in school whose primary need is affordable housing
- Young adults who are recently aged out of foster care who need housing and continuing support
- Affordable housing for low income families and single adults, generally
To date, Lantern housing initiatives received upwards of $270 million in financing, with 13 buildings, totaling 1200 units in operation, and 3 buildings, totaling an additional 300 units in predevelopment or construction phases.
Lantern regularly partners with government, private banks and syndicators, national housing intermediaries, and local community service organizations who also share our view that access to adequate housing is integral to financial, economic, and social stability. Notable partners include: New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Bank of America, The Richman Group Affordable Housing Corporation, and H. van Ameringen Foundation.
Lantern Community Services ("LCS") is the nonprofit social services affiliate of Lantern Organization. LCS provides services to residents living with special needs including mental illness, HIV/AIDS, as well as young adults aging out of foster care. LCS provides residents with the following services:
- Rent payment and rental arrears counseling and management
- Case management and entitlements/benefit counseling
- Health care counseling and referrals
- Substance abuse counseling and referrals
- Mental health counseling and referrals
- Educational assessment, counseling and referrals
- Employment counseling and referrals
- Social activities and social integration counseling
- Nutritional counseling and cooking classes
- Meal preparation at special needs sites