Founded in 1996, Lantern Community Services champions the independence and well-being of New Yorkers who are impacted by or threatened with homelessness.

Lantern provides innovative services to help New Yorkers who are formerly homeless or have recently aged out of foster care recreate their lives. Our programs with proven results in health, employment, education and life skills are delivered inside our residences and tailored to each person’s needs.  We provide our clients – many of whom live with mental illness, addiction, disability, HIV or other chronic illnesses – with the tools they need to integrate successfully into the greater community with dignity and independence.

Lantern delivers comprehensive services for the residents of 15 supportive housing sites developed by our affiliate, the Lantern Organization, which provides permanent affordable housing for high-need populations. These sites are located in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Upper Manhattan.  Lantern Community Services’ teams of experienced social workers and program specialists deliver programming directly within each apartment building, resulting in excellent rates of engagement with our clients.

As one of New York’s largest providers of supportive housing for youth, our portfolio of programs includes 83 apartments designated for young people who have aged out of foster care.

Check out a timeline of Lantern residences, from our founding in 1996 — to now!