May 16, 2011
On May 16, Mayor Bloomberg opened the City’s new state-of-the-art center for homeless families seeking shelter. With more than 75,000 square feet, the new Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH) facility, designed by Ennead Architects, has more than 200% more space than the original building, and houses more than 200 specialists from the Department of Homeless Services, Administration for Children’s Services and Human Resources Administration. The new facility replaces the dilapidated and inefficient Emergency Assistance Unit.
“From the start of the design process, we wanted to deliver a facility that enables the Department of Homeless Services staff to provide sensitive service in a dignified setting to people at a difficult time in their lives,” said Commissioner Burney. “At the same time we wanted people to work in a bright and comfortable setting as well as employ sustainable design and energy efficient features throughout the building. We have met those goals."