Lantern Community Services

by Leah Butz
Lantern Community Services
494 8th Avenue
Address Line 2
20th Floor
New York
Phone Number
(212) 398-3073
Director, Manager or CEO
Laura Lazarus
Year Started
Major Funders
Lantern Organization regularly partners with government, private banks and syndicators, national housing intermediaries, and local community service organizations who also share our view that access to adequate housing is integral to financial, economic, and social stability. Notable partners include: New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Bank of America, The Richman Group Affordable Housing Corporation, and H. van Ameringen Foundation.
Latest Projects
Lantern Community Services is one of just 33 organizations nationally to receive a 2016 Community Food Project grant from the US Department of Agriculture. USDA selected projects that will "foster self-sustaining solutions that help make healthy foods available to families living in low-income neighborhoods." Our grant will fund research and development of our Food 4 Life nutrition curriculum for young adults. This nutrition, budgeting and cooking program is specifically designed for Lantern's young adults, who overuse costly and unhealthy prepared food, often go hungry, and face a future of food insecurity and poor nutrition. USDA's grant means we can spend a year designing, testing and refining the curriculum in partnership with our young adults, turning it into a robust, evidence-informed resource that can be shared with other supportive housing providers across the country.
Interesting Fact
Lantern delivers comprehensive services for the residents of 14 supportive housing sites developed by our affiliate, the Lantern Organization, which provides permanent affordable housing for high-need populations. These sites are located in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Upper Manhattan. Our teams of experienced social workers and program specialists deliver programming directly within each apartment building, resulting in excellent rates of engagement with our clients.
Areas Served
Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan
Core Programs
To promote our clients' well-being and independence, we deliver services in four core areas: (1) health and wellness; (2) nutrition and culinary arts(freshfoodbox and food4life) (3) employment and educational services; and (4) arts, culture, and fitness.
Major Issues
Advocacy-Policy, Health Disparities (Racial, Economic, Socioeconomic)
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