Residential & Housing Programs

Residential and Housing Programs provide safe homes to those most in need. By providing a safe, caring and stable living situation and targeted support services, our clients are able to begin the work needed to overcome the challenges in their lives.

Children’s Community Residences

HSVS’ Children’s Community Residences (CCR) located in Laurelton, Springfield, St. Alban’s and Brownsville provide short-term residential care and targeted intervention for youth ages 13-18 whose behavioral and/or emotional needs prevent them from safely and productively residing at home. Our clinicians and trained residential staff work with our youth and families to identify attainable goals, focusing on areas of highest need, such as behavioral management or skill building focused on coping. Staff then work with the youth to achieve these goals and to build the skills necessary to support a safe and stable transition home, or to a home-like setting. The program is licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health and all applications must first be screened by Children’s Single Point of Access (CSPOA).

Children’s Community Residences Program Card

For more information on Children’s Community Residences, call (718) 422-2210.

Youth Reception Center Program Card

Steps to Home Shelter Program

Connecting families to permanent housing

The Steps to Home Program in the Bronx offers a safe, therapeutic environment to approximately 30 women and their children while they prepare to successfully transition to permanent housing. Staff will help residents find permanent affordable housing, secure a job with a stable income, obtain an education, navigate the immigration system and connect to other resources that will prevent homelessness in the future. Trained in trauma-informed practices, the HSVS team will work with families to reach their goals.


Youth Residences

HSVS supports four group homes and has opened a youth reception center. Each youth residence provides support for gaining independent living skills, which include learning financial literacy, pursuing an education, obtaining gainful employment, utilizing health resources and securing housing. The young men and women in our residences benefit greatly from living in safe, stable homes, where they receive caring attention and work to overcome their challenges. In this environment, our young people attend school, participate in community activities, and are part of a family, including several housemates who have also experienced foster care and dedicated staff that offer personal, academic and career counseling.

Our Youth Reception Center is for youth ages 14-17 entering foster care on Staten Island. HSVS is only the second agency in the City to be awarded one of the new Youth Reception Center Contracts. These short-term placements will allow us to reach a broader number of youth annually, approximately 100 over the course of a year and transform the placement process for teens entering foster care.

Youth Reception Center

Youth Residential Services Program Card