Our Behavioral Health and Substance Use Programs in New York

Behavioral Health

In New York City alone we provide 256 units of housing in seven different locations for this population. We also provide more than 290 scatter site units for people living with mental illness and 134 units of mixed-use supportive housing with services available 24/7. Our Wales Avenue Residence, a permanent supportive housing facility, has a three-year operating license from the New York State Office of Mental Health. VOA-GNY is also a member of The Coalition of Behavioral Health and The Supportive Housing Network of New York.

All supportive housing for people with mental health issues is mixed-use, meaning that within the same building, people who live with substance abuse issues or some degree of personality disorder coexist with those who do not.

Services we provide include:

  • Symptom and illness management
  • Social skills training
  • Vocational skills development
  • Education and employment support
  • Crisis management
  • Resources for greater health and wellness

Our staff identifies service strategies that incorporate each individual’s strengths, abilities, needs and preferences into the service design. This is all designed to ensure safety, recovery, and wellness for those in our care.

For more information, call (212) 316-8288.

Community Support Services

Community Support Services are offered at a number of VOA-GNY shelters throughout New York City. They are designed to serve homeless people living with mental illness and to assist them in obtaining permanent housing.

For more information, call (212) 369-8900.

Substance Use

We run a 17-bed halfway house that has been in operation since 1991 and is licensed and funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). It provides a safe and sober environment for homeless men recovering from substance dependence or abuse.

Many residents have co-occurring mental health disorders; some also have ongoing legal issues with histories of multiple arrests and convictions. This presents a challenge when residents apply for employment or housing within the community. The case management staff provides residents with comprehensive services designed to assist them in achieving lasting sobriety, independent living, and employment.

The residence accepts referrals from substance abuse rehabilitation treatment centers within Westchester County. Each resident should be eligible for public assistance and prepared to engage in residential treatment services. Residents are expected to have maintained at least 30 days of sobriety from alcohol and all illegal substances prior to their admission.

Memberships and Accreditations


The New York Coalition for Behavioral Health


The Supportive Housing Network of New York (SHNNY)

New York State Office of Mental Health