Founded in 1996, Lantern Community Services champions the independence and well-being of New Yorkers who are impacted by or threatened with homelessness. The more than 2,000 people it serves each year reside in supportive housing—affordable apartments with on-site social services—and include youth who have recently aged out of foster care, formerly homeless families, and formerly homeless single adults.  

Many of Lantern’s clients live with mental illness, addiction and disability, and Lantern is one of the city’s largest providers for young adults, and for people living with HIV.  The organization’s services in the areas of health and wellness, employment, education, nutrition, arts, culture and fitness, which include a roster of evidence-based social service models, provide Lantern’s clients with the tools they need to integrate into the greater community with dignity and lead more independent lives.