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Common Ground Community

14 E. 28th Street
New York, NY 10016

Contact: Lauren Knopf, Interim Director of Fundraising and Communications
Phone: 212-471-0885
Fax: 212-471-0825
Common Ground Community

Common Ground's mission is to end homelessness. We have created more than 2,000 units of affordable permanent and transitional housing in New York City, Connecticut, and upstate New York; we plan another 4,000 units by 2015. We address the needs of individuals and families at risk of homelessness, and those who are chronically homeless. We bring together service providers, government agencies, landlords, businesses, and members of the community to support homelessness prevention and housing initiatives.


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Identical twins, Chris and Michael, struggled growing up in Brooklyn, New York. By the mid 1980s, the brothers went their separate ways on the streets and both became involved in drug use. Chris and Michael almost completely lost touch except for occasional chance meetings or messages via friends. In 2008, Chris entered rehab and decided to change his life. He was able to be placed in Common Ground's Prince Transitional Residence. His brother Michael had been placed in Common Ground's Times Square Hotel. By finding permanent housing through Common Ground, both men believe Common Ground saved their lives. Full Story

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