For more than 32 years, FEGS has been a leader in creating recovery-based housing, from service-enriched community residences and apartments to independent living arrangements with ongoing supports. The goal is to provide a supportive environment that encourages individuals to develop the personal skills necessary to achieve greater independence as they learn to live with confidence in the larger community.
FEGS Behavioral Health Residential Services provide housing alternatives to individuals who are recovering from mental illness, are homeless, MICA (mental illness/chemical abuse), and/or deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind, as well as people living with HIV/AIDS. Eligibility: adolescents with serious emotional disorders and/or alcohol and substance abuse; adults with a mental illness. Specialized services are available for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind, and who also have a psychiatric disability.
FEGS Behavioral Health Residential facilities serve almost 1,000 individuals in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Long Island. Programs are funded through such city, state, and federal sources as the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York State Office of Mental Health, and HUD.
- Community Residences in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx provide 24-hour, 7-day-a-week, on-site supervision for individuals who have a mental illness, are able to leave institutional care, but are not yet ready for independent living. Residents receive instruction and support in personal daily living skills, monitoring their prescribed medications, community living skills, and avoiding substance abuse. They are encouraged to participate in rehabilitation and vocational program activities outside of the residence.
- Apartment Programs provide a bridge from supervised residences to more independent living programs. Residents have their own room in a shared apartment. FEGS staff makes daily visits to assist residents in developing their daily living skills and community participation.
- Community Residences/SRO (Single Room Occupancy), in Manhattan and the Bronx offer another level of transitional living, through individual studio apartments that have their own efficiency kitchens and bathroom facilities, in supervised buildings with on-site case management.
- Supported Apartment Programs offer participants basically independent living in the community, with their own apartment that includes kitchen and bathroom facilities. FEGS staff provides counseling and case management services as needed. Facilities are located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Nassau County.
- Shelter-Based On-Site Services provide mental health, entitlements, and living support services to a Manhattan men's shelter.
- Residential Services for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing provide specialized apartments in Manhattan that serve individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind. Four residential facilities, located in Manhattan and the Bronx, serve income individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or disabled.