New Program Location

The Wilfrid Opens

We are excited to announce the opening of our newest supportive housing program, The Wilfrid, which opened in Tremont, in the Bronx at the end of December, and offers 40 supportive apartment units in a 190 unit mixed-income development. A joint venture with Mega Contracting, ACMH staff are providing on-site supportive services for chronically homeless adults with histories of mental health and substance use.

Stay tuned for updates on other ACMH projects on the horizon!

Latest Supportive Housing Developments

Programs on the Horizon

We have plenty to look forward to this year! In addition to The Wilfrid, we're pleased to share the news of our additional supportive housing programs on the horizon:
  • In December, we acquired St. Hilda's House, in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan, in order to develop a new community residence program.
  • Our Ryer Avenue location in Mount Hope, in the Bronx, will have 52 supportive and 34 community units, and is slated to open later this summer.
  • The Grand, also located in the Bronx, will include 42 supportive housing units in a 138 unit mixed-income development along the Grand Concourse, and is set to open in 2021.

"I'm thankful to have a roof over my head in a nice place, and I feel safe. I've come a long way."

At our core, we are about people: our clients, staff, and partners tell the story of ACMH's work best. This month, we're spotlighting the experience of one of our community members:

"Prior to me going to ACMH, I was in places that I really didn't want to be. Now I'm in ACMH. When people come visit me, they see that the apartment is nice. My confidence has definitely enhanced since I've been in the community. I'm happy. I feel great. I feel more independent. I'm still working on being more responsible. I'm still learning. I would recommend ACMH to others if they were able to get into the program because the staff is there and they care. I'm thankful to have a roof over my head in a nice place, and I feel safe. I've come a long way.” 
- ACMH community member since 2011

Advice From Our Colleagues

Tips on Self-Motivation

Many of us have struggled at some point in our lives with a lack of motivation or ambivalence. Self-motivation can be even more challenging when combined with depression and other serious mental health issues. Staff across our programs shared their own tips for guiding clients to feel motivated, a technique called motivational interviewing, which can be used in your own daily life, and when helping friends, family, and colleagues navigate difficult decisions and other life challenges.

1. Ask open-ended questions, practice active listening and empathize to help elicit and sustain motivation. It is most beneficial when an individual can self-identify motivators and barriers in order to develop a plan.
2. Promote self-empowerment as a way to encourage thinking about making bigger changes.
3. Create visual art, mantras, and written reminders to help get through the challenging periods.
4. Set small, attainable goals in order to achieve success and maintain motivation.
5. Incorporate the individual’s cultural values. Whether it’s through events, meals, or other group activities.
6.  Involve supportive partners or friends to offer encouragement.

7. Keep in mind that recovery is different for everyone and that each person is unique in what they consider to be motivational.
8. Finally, remember that motivation is hope. Our jobs involve noticing and acknowledging progress, being a cheerleader for every achievement - and all achievements are big. We are advocates for short and longer time frames. We keep a perspective that life is a work in progress. We can serve as a memory for accomplishments/progress. For people who lack self-worth, who society, family, or employers have made to feel less than, they feel they’ve fallen so far down. We offer a different view.
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