Bowery Residents' Committee, Inc. (New York, NY)


  • Name:Robyn Gundy
  • Title:Deputy Executive Director of Program Development and Evaluation

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bowery Residents' Committee, Inc.
  • Address:131 West 25th Street, 12th Floor
    New York, NY 10001
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:212-803-5700
  • Main fax:212-533-1893

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  • Mission:
  • Helping people reclaim lives lost: We restore hope and dignity by offering opportunities for health and self-sufficiency.

    BRC is one of New York City's largest, most experienced and most effective providers of housing and services for homeless adults, serving over 10,000 individuals annually. Each program that BRC develops remains determinedly focused on – and successful at – helping homeless and at risk New Yorkers reclaim their lives. We restore hope and dignity in the lives of each individual we serve by empowering each to achieve stability in health and housing and to attain their greatest degree of self-sufficiency. The data support this, as data for fiscal year 2014 (ending June 30, 2014) show that more than half of those who left BRC programs achieved positive outcomes, including 1,067 men and women who moved into more independent housing and 416 who found employment.

  • Overview:
  • BRC is one of New York City’s most comprehensive service providers for homeless adults, effectively breaking the cycle of homelessness for over 40 years. Today, BRC is a $68 million organization with 27 programs throughout the greater metropolitan area, nearly 700 employees and almost 1,000 volunteers. Our robust continuum of housing and services includes nearly 1,700 units of transitional and permanent housing; workforce development and outreach programs; and substance abuse, medical and respite services. More than 11,000 times last year, an individual in need said yes to BRC and walked through our doors; more than 6,000 times, a BRC client successfully graduated and moved forward to reclaim their life.

    The core philosophy of BRC is to offer a hand up, not a hand out. With a range of programs focused on addressing the housing, treatment and support service needs of homeless and at-risk adults in New York City, BRC allows our recipients to develop strategies that work best for them. Our robust continuum of housing and services gives BRC insight into virtually every aspect of providing services to individuals in need; from providing employment resources and financial management assistance, to offering case management and other supportive services aimed at helping clients manage their physical and mental health, and finally, to helping residents find and maintain housing. Significantly, clients can enter services at any point appropriate to their preferences and needs, an approach that distinguishes BRC from similar homeless providers. Some clients welcome the opportunity to begin their journey to recovery and rehabilitation in a transitional housing program offering a clean, safe and stable home while they address issues that resulted in homelessness. Others want only flexible, low-demand services without the prior obligation to participate in treatment. By being flexible and responsive to customer wishes, BRC services consistently help individuals achieve their greatest level of independent living.

    Across our broad spectrum of services, BRC helps the neediest of homeless New Yorkers, including the chemically dependent, psychiatrically disabled, elderly and people living with HIV/AIDS. We serve a diverse population of adult men and women, almost all of whom have experienced poverty and homelessness at some point during their lives. Nearly 90% of our clients are racial or ethnic minorities, 20% are women and over three quarters suffer from substance abuse, mental illness or a dual diagnosis. We willingly work with all individuals who come to us for help, regardless of the severity of the personal and circumstantial challenges they are facing.

    As a results-driven organization, BRC knows our programs are effective. We are consistently successful in helping our clients move from homelessness and hopelessness to health, housing and independence. In fiscal year 2014, BRC served over 10,000 homeless or at-risk individuals at our programs. Despite the grim economic landscape, more than half of those who left BRC programs achieved positive outcomes, including 1,067 men and women who moved into more independent housing and 416 who found employment. BRC’s consistent success in an ever changing environment derives from regularly assessing the internal and external variables that affect our clients and our operations, reviewing data to identify patterns and trends, and adjusting our strategies as warranted to achieve our mission. Each quarter, program directors and senior management gather for two days to review this performance data, identifying the progress of programs toward their goals, and prioritizing opportunities for program improvement and innovation. Members of the Board of Directors regularly attend these meetings, and receive a quarterly summary of agency-wide and program-specific progress at the Board of Directors meeting. This management approach ensures our existing programs continue to perform at the highest levels possible; it is also a driving factor behind BRC’s exceptional track record for developing and delivering innovative and effective new models that change public policies for the better.

  • History:
  • BRC was founded in 1971 by a group of recovering alcoholics living in poverty in the Bowery’s infamous flophouses with little more than what would fit inside a four foot by six foot windowless cubicle. But for what little they had, these individuals had hope, and a firm belief that better days lay ahead. What was first named the “Social Rehabilitation Club for Public Inebriates” has grown into one of New York City’s most comprehensive agencies, reaching and successfully engaging homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.

    As an agency, BRC remains focused on thoughtfully expanding our continuum of services while maintaining a strong financial position and preserving our commitment to a high standard of program performance. Over the last nine years, BRC has increased both the quantity and quality of our work, with mission-driven growth contributing to the success of both clients and the organization: we doubled our capacity of transitional housing, increased our permanent housing capacity by 200 units or 50%, added eight new members to the Board of Directors, increased agency revenues from $30 million to $68 million and grew net assets to over $5 million.

    BRC continues to be successful in our mission to grow strategically, increase our impact and improve our programming. For example, in July, BRC’s homeless outreach program expanded significantly, both in size and in approach. With an outreach budget now exceeding $7.5 million, BRC is the largest homeless outreach provider in New York City, and probably the U.S., with nearly 100 outreach and case management staff working throughout the city. In December, BRC’s Chemical Dependency Crisis Center, an inpatient detoxification program, expanded its capacity by one-third as part of a pilot project allowing BRC to provide two levels of care in one program. The integration of two levels of withdrawal services at one program enables BRC to better serve clients with a variety of needs at a significantly lower cost than a hospital-based program. Lastly, BRC is launching a ground-breaking plan to develop sustainable rental housing affordable to low-income New Yorkers. We developed a financing model that creates a recurring operating subsidy for 135 units of low income affordable housing using revenue generated from a 200-bed shelter on the same site. The de Blasio administration has embraced this innovative model and recognized its potential for replication in its Housing New York plan. BRC recently closed on the land acquisition, and is in the midst of pre-development activities.

    One of the principal means by which BRC strives to be both an effective and efficient agency is through our commitment to strategic learning and adaptive management. For over 10 years, BRC has lived and breathed performance management, effectively using program data in guiding the management of our programs. A key philosophy to the success of this program, and what differentiates BRC from many other nonprofits, is our commitment to managing with data, not to data. Rather than defining success by whether or not programs meet target outputs, BRC defines success by a program’s progress towards its target outcome measures and, more importantly, its understanding of why these outcomes were or were not achieved and its ability to adapt new strategies given this knowledge. By consistently dedicating the time to analyze why a program is or is not meeting its outcome goals, we are able to create a framework for ongoing performance improvement. These organizational accomplishments, and more importantly the strategic leadership approaches that drive these successes, are recognized by leaders in our sector, including national honors from the Lilly Foundation and the Mutual of America Foundation. Most recently, BRC was named one of six finalists for the 2014 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which recognizes outstanding management practices of nonprofits in New York City, Long Island and Westchester, and designated a “Top-Rated” charity by CharityWatch, self-described as “America's most independent, assertive charity watchdog”.

  • Year established:1971
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:15
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:674


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:13-2736659

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:132736659
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:BRC
  • Organization Address:131 W 25TH STREET 12TH FLOOR
  • Organization City:NEW YORK
  • Organization State:NY
  • Organization Zip:10001-7223
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 1973
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):149, 429
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other instruction and training, Other inner city or community benefit activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:P200
  • Asset Amount:$32,738,785
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$71,985,792
  • Income Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$71,824,190
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:37:36 am

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