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"Community Access has truly made a difference in the lives of thousands of people living with mental illness. Their services represent some of the best in the country."

—Michael Hogan, Ph.D., Commissioner, New York State Office of Mental Health (retired)

Community Access provides a range of housing, job skills, employment placement and professional support services to help break the cycle of homelessness, institutionalization and/or incarceration that often complicates the lives of people who have a history of mental illness.

We focus on creating pathways to meaningful and successful community life. Through engagement with the whole person, rather than with the diagnosis or disability, we build trust over time, attend to the person’s stated goals and needs, and, directly or indirectly, provide a range of services that enable the person with a psychiatric disability to achieve his or her full potential.

Every day, 1,600 consumers are given the opportunity to live independently in one of our transitional or permanent housing programs, to connect with a community at East Village Access, or to resume their education and pursue a new career at the Howie the Harp Advocacy Center.




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