Lantern Organization

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Vicinitas Hall | East Tremont, Bronx

Overview

Vicinitas Hall consists of 68 newly constructed studio apartments located in the East Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx. All units are set aside for young adults, aged 18-25. 60% of the units are reserved for youth with special needs that are leaving or have left the foster care system. The remaining 40% are for low-income young adults in need of permanent affordable housing. One 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 Vicinitas Hall tenants. Program offices offer space for staff to conduct individual and group client meetings, life skills counseling, education and employment development, and referral support. Staff and tenants work together to establish individual goal-centered service plans. The purpose of the service program is to offer a safe and welcoming environment to youth who have aged out of foster care, many of whom identify as LGBTQ, by helping them to retain housing through case management services organized around social/economic stability, health management and independent living.

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