West End Intergenerational Residence (WIR) is a unique mixed-age housing facility catering to three generations. Since opening our doors in 1989, our creative, flexible services and dedicated staff have helped thousands of young families secure housing stability and provided a long-term, affordable home with supportive services for homeless and low-income older adults.
WIR provides temporary housing with support services to homeless young mothers ages 18-24, who are pregnant or have one or two children aged 7 and younger. These moms are the youngest heads of household in the shelter system. In addition to suffering the trauma of homelessness, roughly two-thirds of WIR young mothers are survivors of domestic or family violence.
Our goal is to help women become self-sufficient by giving them the tools and support they need to continue their education, find employment, live independently and break the cycle of violence for themselves and their children. Our Women’s Empowerment Program focuses on skills homeless young mothers will need to maintain housing stability.
Additionally, West End Intergenerational Residence is long-term housing for low-income and homeless older adults who are capable of independent living. For these residents, we provide a welcoming and stable home, with a room of their own and the onsite services they need to remain healthy and independent.
We foster an environment where residents can take classes and celebrate together so that our residences aren’t just a housing facility—they’re a community. This model of multigenerational housing is intentional, and the relationships formed are tremendously rewarding for seniors and the young families they embrace.
West End Intergenerational Residence is one of the only family shelters located in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Our residents are young families and seniors from all five boroughs, and are referred by the City of New York Department of Homeless Services.