Transitional Living Community (TLC)

The BCS Transitional Living Community, a 30-bed section of the Brooklyn Women’s Shelter in East New York, was established in 1989. TLC, located in the Brooklyn Women’s Shelter in East New York, supports homeless women who are suffering from severe mental illness and dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault, or trauma. BCS provides counseling, temporary shelter and assistance to secure permanent housing.

TLC recruits its clients from the general shelter population by conducting comprehensive assessments to identify women with a severe and persistent mental illness. They’re usually diagnosed with psychosis, major depression or manic-depression. With assistance from our staff, these women are able to practice the skills they will need to live successfully outside the shelter system.

Through private funding, TLC staff and residents transformed a formerly derelict vacant lot into a flower and vegetable garden. The community garden has become our residents’ preferred setting for many of TLC’s group activities. For TLC residents, tending the garden, and/or simply spending time there, is healthy and highly therapeutic. To volunteer at the garden, please contact us at

Transitional Living Community
116 Williams Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11207
718.485.9350 tel
718.385.7649 fax


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