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Rustin House | Upper West Side, Manhattan


Rustin House (fka St. Louis Hall) is an extensive rehabilitation and conversion of a 149 unit commercial SRO building into affordable housing. After renovation, the building will consist of 123 SRO units, each enlarged and equipped with kitchenettes.

Sixty percent of the units are reserved for formerly homeless individuals living with special needs. The remaining units will be reserved for existing tenants and low-income residents from the Manhattan Community Board 7 district. A unit is reserved for the building's live-in superintendent, who is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies.


When construction is completed, Lantern Community Services, Inc. will offer on-site supportive service programming to all Rustin House tenants. Program offices offer space for staff to conduct individual and group meetings, life skills counseling, nutritional education and employment development, as well as referral support.

Supportive services at Rustin House will provide tenants with a variety of opportunities for personal growth. Staff and tenants will work together to establish individual goal-centered service plans. Staff will works closely with the tenants to ensure they achieve their program goals such as obtaining stable employment and participating in activities designed to promote healthy lifestyles.