For 25 years, members of our firm have been volunteering and providing pro bono services to Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), including full architectural services for 4 of the agency’s offices. We provide on-going consultations on facility related issues and enthusiastically support BCHS’s fundraising and other activities. Our pro bono efforts have been implemented by generous contractors including PJoe Construction, Kleen Construction, and Monadnock Construction. Many other fine general and sub-contractors have been loyal and generous donors.
BCHS is a highly respected not-for-profit providing a home and supportive services to New York’s homeless and mentally ill. Residents range from homeless mothers and a child to traumatized veterans to those coping with severe mental illness or substance abuse. The common denominator is their former lives in our streets, parks, subways or armories – and their desire to help each other move toward greater independence. BCHS also operates an Assistance Center to help prevent homelessness for those at imminent risk before it happens.
BCHS’s newest facility, Navy Green, operated in conjunction with Pratt Area Community Council (PACC), serves 97 formerly homeless New Yorkers. Navy Green was recently selected by the Corporation for Supportive Housing as one of 3 “projects of the year” in recognition of BCHS’s operational excellence.
Our involvement with BCHS has been a very meaningful aspect of our architectural practice. Though contrasts with some of our projects may be striking at first, we have come to understand there are universal qualities that make a building “home” – our most fundamental goal.
Check out BCHS’s website at Bchands.org – including information about the upcoming April 30th gala, Talented Brooklyn, featuring the artistic talents of our residents and the performing artistry of very talented Brooklynites.