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.
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
1991 - 1992
Comunilife opens its first scatter site housing programs for
homeless adults living with mental illness and HIV/AIDS
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
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.
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.
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.
Comunilife celebrates its 30th Anniversary
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.