Founded in 1989, Comunilife improves the quality of life and creates a healthier tomorrow for New Yorkers with special needs in the Hispanic and broader communities, by providing culturally competent health and human services and a continuum of affordable and supportive housing. Each year, Comunilife meets the needs of more than 3,000 low-income and vulnerable New Yorkers. Roughly 90% of our clients fall below the federal poverty line; 90% are African-American or Latino; 50% have Spanish as their primary (or sole) language. All struggle with profound challenges, including chronic homelessness; HIV/AIDS and other major medical issues; serious and persistent mental illness; and substance abuse.
Comunilife operates the Vida Guidance Center, a Latino-centered, Bronx-based mental health clinic that provides more than 23,000 outpatient visits a year to children, teens, adults, families and seniors. We are leaders in the field of Hispanic adolescent suicide and our Life is Precious™ program, which provides suicide prevention activities for Latina teens is the only one of its kind in the country. We provide 1,641 units of low-income and supportive transitional and permanent housing for homeless adults living with HIV/AIDS and serious mental illness with 369 new supportive units in development. And, our Medical and Psychiatric Respite program provides short-term supportive housing and case management services to multiply-challenged patients leaving hospital care without a viable home in which to recuperate.