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Audubon Hall | Washington Heights, Manhattan

Overview

Audubon Hall consists of 70 newly constructed units of permanent supportive housing in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. All apartments are studios and are set aside for homeless single adults living with special needs. A unit is reserved for the building's live-in superintendent, who is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies.

Services

Lantern Community Services delivers on-site supportive service programming to all Audubon Hall tenants. Program offices offer space for staff to conduct individual and group meetings, life skills counseling, education and employment recommendations as well as referral support.

Supportive services at Audubon Hall provide tenants with a variety of opportunities for personal growth. Partnerships have been developed to provide tenants with additional support. Audubon Hall offers on-site educational workshops with various service providers, annual health fairs, and on-site counseling and case management services by licensed social workers.

Staff work closely with tenants to foster client-initiated activities such as training in food preparation, building related social events and a Tenants Association. Tenants are also participate in therapeutic groups such as stress reduction and an LGBTQ fellowship/community that are led by social work, psychology and/or psychoanalytic graduate interns from local universities such as NYU, Yeshiva University, Touro College, and Stony Brook University.