Unique People Services (UPS) is a New York City-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation founded by Lynn Wonsang in 1991. We are dedicated to providing homes and supportive services to men and women with special and challenging needs; we regard these individuals as members of our family. Our staff strive to make their environment the warmest, safest and most welcoming in which to live.
Since 1991, we have grown from a 10 bed Intermediate Care Facility for the developmentally disabled in the Bronx to our current multifaceted 21 supportive housing programs in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. Each year we provide services for over 700 individuals with more than 500 living within one of our residences. They receive meals and other support services that include case management, recreational services and nutritional counseling focusing on achieving the highest possible level of independent living. We offer both transitional and permanent housing for formerly homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS, long term and permanent housing for formerly homeless individuals with a mental illness and permanent housing for adults with developmental disabilities.
Our HIV/AIDS transitional housing programs help residents stabilize their lives, assist them in securing entitlements and refer them to permanent housing. Referrals are also made for medical and psychological care and substance abuse counseling.
Our HIV/AIDS transitional housing programs, located in the Bronx and Manhattan, accommodate 73 individuals. Through our permanent and supportive housing programs, up to 229 formerly homeless single persons and families are housed in scatter site apartments in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. Our Bainbridge Care Coordination Program is a partnership formed in 2009 with Montefiore Medical Center AIDS Center in the Bronx. We assist up to 180 individuals who are newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS or have refused to receive care consistently during the previous nine months, to ensure they are educated about their disease, supported with medication management and connected or reconnected with consistent medical care in a timely and coordinated manner.
Treatment and housing for individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses in New York State has moved away from hospitals and into the community. UPS is helping to address this need within the community through its five mental health housing programs in the Bronx. We operate two Community Residence Single Room Occupancy facilities (Haven Apartments and John G. Hunter Apartments) that provide services to 98 formerly homeless mentally ill men and women. For those who are capable of living in a more independent setting, UPS operates three Supported Housing Programs (II, III & IV) which provide permanent housing to 68 formerly homeless mentally ill men and women and their families.
Unique People Services operates nine programs in the Bronx and Queens that provide housing and supportive services to 47 adults with developmental disabilities. – less