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Convent Avenue Family Living Center

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Photos: Left: children at the Technology and Recreation Room; Right: A family residing at CAFLC

The Convent Avenue Family Living Center (CAFLC)  is a transitional housing facility for homeless families sponsored by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). In December 1989, the management of the Convent Avenue Family Living Center was transferred from St. Nicholas Park Civic Association to West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc.

CAFLC receives families displaced by fires, natural disasters or city-based vacate orders. These families are referred through the Central Intake Office at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development via the Client and Housing Services Department. CAFLC is prohibited from accepting families that have not been referred through this agency.

 Each family occupies a self-contained apartment with the expectation that permanent housing would be sought and leased within a short period of occupancy. In preparation for permanent living, residents are required to participate in the on-site Housing Readiness Program for independent living.

Family Programs and Services

Department of Education: Coordinates school related matters such as school registration, placement for special ed, and tracks attendance.

HPD/Relocation: Provides assistance with permanent housing and relocation services for HPD families.

Housing Readiness - The course of study includes budgeting, household management, parenting, money management, conflict resolution, health and nutrition, human relations, housing and community resources.

Ryan Community Health Center: Consists of a team of a Physician Assistant, and a Certified Nurse Practioner who provide primary health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse prevention services and health maintenance workshops.



Nadene Gordon


34 Convent Avenue

New York, NY 10027

Ph: 212-866-7816