MILESTONES

1978

Pastoral and Educational Services (PAES) is formed to address the emerging crisis of homelessness

1980

PAES opens one of the nation's first Scattered-Site Apartment Programs

1984

NY State awards PAES funds to develop new housing for homeless

1989

PAES acquires an abandoned apartment complex in Fort Greene, which becomes Brooklyn Gardens

1991

Brooklyn Gardens opens to provide housing for 180 formerly homeless women, children and men

1996

PAES launches the Working Community vocational program

1998

PAES changes its name to Brooklyn Community Housing and Services, Inc. (BCHS)

1999

BCHS expands to open new program space in Downtown Brooklyn

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

1993

Fannie Mae Foundation Maxwell Award of Excellence in low-income housing development

1995

Winner of the Chemical Bank Affordable Housing Competition

1996

Honored by NY State for “outstanding contributions” in innovative housing

2004

Recognized by the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) for placing 100% of "housing-ready" homeless families into permanent housing

2007

Received perfect score on the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's (DOHMH) annual program evaluation

2009

Recognized by DHS for placing 98% of "housing-ready" homeless families into permanent housing

2009

Received Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) Outstanding Achievement Award for the Model SRO Initiative

MISSION AND HISTORY

Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS) is committed to ending homelessness in Brooklyn. Each year, we provide safe and clean supportive housing for more than 1,000 formerly homeless women, children and men. We help them learn how to live productively and independently, with dignity and hope.

Our programs provide short-term, transitional and permanent housing, homelessness prevention, personalized case management, mental health care, on-site nursing, vocational training, substance abuse counseling, recreational activities and other vital services.

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