Comunilife’s mission is to improve the quality of life and create 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.
How We Help
Comunilife helps New York City’s most vulnerable – the homeless, people with HIV/AIDS or mental illness, new immigrants who do not speak English and are overwhelmed by daily life, and those in need of affordable housing.
In our more than quarter century of service, we have developed housing programs that range from transitional to permanent; outpatient mental health services for children, adolescents, families, adults and seniors; Life is Precious™, a specialized after-school program for Latina adolescents who have attempted suicide; a medical respite program for patients who are ready for discharge from the hospital, but in need of secure temporary accommodations in which to convalesce; and the Latino Youth Suicide Prevention Training Center, which provides training in evidence-based interventions to prevent suicide.
We believe that the integration of language, culture and social support networks – family, extended family, peers and community institutions – into services is key to improving physical, emotional and mental health outcomes of Latinos and other persons from diverse backgrounds.
Comunilife’s service model uses our Multicultural Relational Approach for Diverse Populations, which integrates culturally appropriate information and sensitivity into all components of our programming.
More than half of our clients are Hispanic with limited English-speaking ability, and more than 40% are African-American, making this Multicultural Relational Approach for Diverse Populations critically relevant.