The Times Square, operated by Common Ground, a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness, is the largest permanent supportive housing project in the nation. The facility provides housing for 652 low-income and formerly homeless individuals and persons living with HIV/AIDS. The Times Square combines permanent affordable housing with a range of on-site social services provided by Common Ground’s social service partner, the Center for Urban Community Services. Individualized support services are designed to help tenants maintain their housing, address health issues, and pursue education and employment. The Times Square has received several awards for its innovative programs and historic preservation and design, including the Rudy Bruner and Bard Awards, and has been featured in national media including The New York Times, CBS’s 60 Minutes, and National Public Radio.
Common Ground staff will give us a tour of the facility and then will meet with us to provide us with an overview of the organization’s work and homelessness issues in NYC. This is an extremely informative and interesting opportunity for any Barnard students interested in learning more about poverty and homelessness issues and our community partners’ solutions!
If you are interested in attending this site visit, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Time Square Visit” in the subject line by Wednesday, March 21st. Spaces are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Our group will depart Barnard together at 10:15am and the visit will last from 11am to 1pm.