The mission of Community Access is to expand opportunities for people living with mental health concerns to recover from trauma and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy, and healing-focused services. We are built upon the simple truth that people are experts in their own lives. For decades, we’ve led the charge for housing and resources for the most vulnerable people in our community. Our story began in 1974 when our founders purchased two small Lower East Side buildings to support families and ex-mental health patients, laying the foundation for what is now known as supportive housing. Now almost fifty years later, Community Access owns and operates 20 beautiful housing programs throughout New York City — provides homes to over 1,500 individuals and families, serves over 3,000 people annually, and employs close to 400 dedicated team members.  Over time, our programs have expanded beyond housing to provide other healing focused services to meet the needs of New Yorker’s living with mental health concerns.  Our ground-breaking employment and training program – the Howie The Harp Advocacy Center – established in 1995 – has been recognized internationally and replicated in The Netherlands. Our commitment to meeting people where they are and taking our lead from participants in guiding service delivery sets us apart.  We look forward to continuing our work of system transformation, highlighting the necessity and value of truly person-centered services.

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This is an exciting opportunity to join an organization committed to human rights and upholding the dignity of each of us.  For more than 45 years Community Access has fought the good fight to ensure that New York City’s public mental health and supportive housing services center the voices of the people we serve.   We are an organization dedicated to learning – from our successes and our mistakes.   We foster environments where creative individuals have the agency to innovate and broadly contribute to the organization’s success.  This role presents a unique opportunity to work across the organization to strengthen our infrastructure, increase agency wide collaboration, and implement effective change management strategies.


Based on the needs of our growing organization, Community Access seeks two Directors of Housing (DH). Reporting to the Chief Program Officer, the Director of Housing will be a critical member of the Leadership Team, responsible for providing strategic leadership, creating, and establishing long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies. In collaborating with the Development, Finance, Property Management, Senior Management, the DH will play a key role in optimizing Community Access’ housing operations and practices, including participant engagement, and working collaboratively to execute strategies, compliance requirements, and initiatives across the organization.

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