About Community Access

More than 10,000 individuals and families count on Community Access every year for housing, job training, education, wellness, recovery —and so much more!  We empower mental health consumers to lead healthy, independent lives. We help people out of homelessness and the shelter system into homes of their own. And we provide housing and other support services to low-income families and young people aging out of foster care.



Community Access was founded in 1974 in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and has expanded into other parts of New York City ever since. Through various transitional and supportive housing programs, we either own or operate over 20 buildings and 60-scattered site apartments throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.



The Howie the Harp Advocacy Center (HTH) is Community Access’ Harlem job training program. Free to join, it’s a peer-run agency that prepares participants for rewarding careers within health and human services—through a combination of intensive classroom instruction, job readiness training, internship programs, and peer-to-peer support.



In a friendly and supportive classroom setting, East Village Access is our mental health program for adults. Using PROS—Personalized Recovery Oriented Services—it offers educational and counseling support for individuals aiming to identify strengths, overcome barriers, and build skills for goal-setting, growth, recovery, and self-directed living.



Open to all Community Access tenants and program participants, The Art Collective is our unique visual and literary arts group. In an encouraging studio environment, participants learn how to use art as a healing tool, as well as how to sell and exhibit their artwork in public.



Community Access also runs a popular pet therapy program, Pet Access, which promotes the benefits of responsible pet ownership in the course of making it financially viable for individuals who might otherwise find it prohibitively expensive. ‘Therapy’ cats and dogs pay our building sites regular visits, too, for everyone to be with and enjoy.


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