Brenda Rosen

President & CEO


505 8th Ave Fl 5
New York, NY 10018-6550

About Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground is New York’s largest developer and provider of supportive housing, the most effective solution to chronic homelessness. Founded in 1990, we have grown to operate 24 permanent and transitional residences with more than 4,000 units of housing primarily in New York City, with additional properties in Upstate New York and Connecticut.

Our commitment to ending homelessness is brought to life through the buildings we own and manage. Whether we are preserving historic landmarks or developing sustainable new buildings, collaborating with partners or acting on our own, Breaking Ground creates housing that is safe, affordable, and linked to the supportive services people need to rebuild their lives with dignity.

Breaking Ground also runs the City's around-the-clock street outreach efforts in all of Brooklyn and Queens, and in Midtown Manhattan. Outreach begins by meeting people "where they are," whether that means conducting a psychiatric evaluation on a street corner or sending an outreach worker who can speak to a client in his or her native language. We follow the "housing first" philosophy: once a person is stably housed, they are vastly more likely to achieve sobriety and other important needs for healthier living.

We do our work with compassion, patience, and persistence, which pay off in the form of high long-term stability rates and a strong sense of trust in the communities in which we work. Bringing a person indoors or preventing them from falling into homelessness in the first place is not only effective and cost-effective – it's the right thing to do.

Our work has enabled more than 13,000 people to overcome or avoid homelessness since 1990, and we increase that number every day. With more than 1,000 new units of housing in various stages of development in New York City, we are doing more than ever to ensure that everyone has a place to call home.

Community Programs

  • Other Community and Economic Development

Housing Development & Rehabilitation

  • Multi-Family Rental Development
  • Asset Management

Property Management & Resident Programs

  • Property Management
  • Resident Services