Our Story

In 1989, the Grand Central Business Improvement District, in response to residents and local businesses’ concern over the growing number of street homeless in the neighborhood, created the Grand Central Neighborhood Social Service Corporation (GCNSSC).

Our mission is to help New York City’s homeless and hungry was clear from the earliest days of its work, as the homeless soon gained access to vital social services and support enabled them to leave the streets and life of homelessness. The effect on the neighborhood was felt as residents and businesses began to see it return to its former state of safety and lively commerce. GCNSSC has established itself as a compassionate and competent helper to the homeless.

In 2005, GCNSSC relocated it’s Drop-In Center, MainChance, from its East 43rd Street to its current location on East 32nd Street. The move represented a new direction for the agency. Faced with the dwindling supply of affordable housing and still growing numbers of homelessness, it saw its new role emerge as a strategic operative in the city and community’s continuum of care for the homeless. Working with the city and faith-based providers to provide respite for the homeless during their transition to permanent housing. In 2009, it assumed oversight and management of its respite care services, expanding its network including transportation and provision of beds and linens.

In 2010, MainChance became the only 24 hr/7 days a week Drop-In Center for the homeless. Today working with the city, an extensive network of collaborations and partners, and experienced and dedicated staff, GCNSSC continues to serve as a stronghold of support to the homeless living on the street.

We provide basic necessities such as meals, shelter, bathrooms and showers, in addition to assistance with obtaining housing. To utilize our services, a person must have an intake interview, meet with the assigned case worker as scheduled and stay at our facility every night. We offer a wide range of services to homeless men and women 18 years of age and older. Our goal is to provide a safe environment where people can connect with the services that they need as quickly as possible.