OUR HISTORY
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.

1989
Dr. Rosa M. Gil opened Comunilife, as H.I.R.E, with the goal
of training Latino and Asian RN’s and LPN’s for
well-paid jobs and increasing the number of culturally
competent healthcare providers for two of the City’s largest
and most vital demographic groups

Gil
Mental health

1991 - 1992
Comunilife opens its first scatter site housing programs for
homeless adults living with mental illness and HIV/AIDS

1994
Recognizing the lack of culturally-competent preventive services,
we opened the OASIS Guidance Center, our pioneering
Latino-centered mental health clinic in the South Bronx;
the neighborhood with the city’s largest concentration of
low-income Latinos.

Bronx
LIP

2008
Motivated by horrifying statistics released by the CDC on the prevalence of Latina teens seriously considering suicide,
we developed a groundbreaking new initiative, Life is Precious™
(LIP) in the Bronx. Life is Precious™ is a community
informed, non-clinical program with activities that related
directly to risk factors. LIP expanded to Brooklyn in
2010, Long Island City in 2015 and Washington Heights in 2019.

2011
The 65 unit Prospect Residence opens in the Bronx. It is the
first mixed population building in NYC for older adults
living with special needs and low-income community seniors.

Prospect
el rio

2015
El Rio Residence opens in the Bronx with 39 apartments
studio apartments for New Yorkers with special needs and 26 studio apartments for low-income community residents.

2019
Comunilife celebrates its 30th Anniversary

30th
Woodhull

2019
Woodhull Residence I, with 54 units for homeless adults with special needs and 35 community residents opens.La Central Residence,
with 97 units for homeless adults with special needs and chronically homeless individuals as well as 63 low-income residents opens.

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462 7th Avenue
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018 212.219.1618

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