Phoenix Den

Brooklyn, New York, United States

  • Last updated: September 16, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: September 16, 2018

Mission Statement

An intentional community seeking to fill a gap in New York City for queer supportive housing.

Community Description

Phoenix Den will provide supportive housing to LGBTQ+ people recovering from mental illness and co-occurring disorders. This is a community of people who are not in crisis and are currently sober, and have a strong drive towards living in recovery, but need some support maintaining a newfound stability.

This community has 3 main facets it is trying to fulfill: queer supportive housing. With its LGBTQ+ focus, it will not be separated by gender, and people of any gender will be welcome to stay here. The space will not be cis-hetero-assuming, and LGBTQ+ resources will be made available. This is a factor that makes our form of supportive housing accessible to a community that is often left excluded from what are normally strictly gendered spaces. As a supportive community, we hope to foster independence and positive recovery from mental illness and co-occurring disorders. This will include providing a stable place to live, with shared food and cleaning and cooking schedules, as well as mental health resources such as weekly groups and various other support options. This is not meant to be a place of treatment, but rather a stepping stone to independent living (though permanent living is not an impossibility) for those who need help cementing their recovery. We hope to provide an affordable and accessible form of housing to people that would benefit from this vision.

Phoenix Den is meant to be a place of stability maintenance and recovery support. We are a group of people thoroughly invested in living our lives as best we can with the cards we have been dealt. The Phoenix is a mythical bird that is continuously reborn from its ashes. It carries with it a message of power and resilience, despite struggle, despite relapse, it carries everlasting strength and perseverance.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2018
  • Start Living Together: 2018
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Contact Name: Eugene Brukh
  • Mailing Address:
    Yet to happen
    Brooklyn, New York, 11205
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: Organization, Resource, or Network, Mental Health and Co-occurring Disorder Recovery
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Planned number of residences: 4
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members


  • Adult Members: 1
  • Child Members: 0
  • Percent Transgender: 100%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    Once we have a space, potential new members would be allowed to schedule a visit, pending approval from current residents.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Please email [email protected] answering the following questions: Why do you think Phoenix Den will be a good fit for you? Are you willing to be a founding member?

  • Additional Comments:

    As we are still forming, we are looking for founding members. As a founding member, you would have a say in how the community is run, where we find a space, and how it is set up. There are already guidelines set up, but being a founding member you would have influence over what this community ultimately becomes.


  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $900
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Monthly dues will include rent, utilities, food, and basic household supplies.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Large Scale Kitchen, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Food is purchased and provided according to dietary needs of residents. The baseline will be pescatarian fare, but adjustments for vegan or gluten free diets will be considered and made when needed. We are a strictly sober community.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual


queer, LGBTQ+, mental illness, recovery, addiction, sober, supportive housing,