The Chelton Loft

A Place for Us

Men and women coping with serious mental illness want a place where they can go, receive help and training, and develop a sense of community. They have such a place at Chelton Loft.

We are located in Harlem, open to adults who , have a history history of serious mental illness, with or without chemical dependency, and those with a history of homelessness can come to The Chelton Loft six days a week. 

Members and staff work together to create an environment that supports people’s growth and

To become a member an individual must have been diagnosed with a mental illness, be 18 years or older, and live in New York City. The Chelton Loft charges no fee to join. Individuals who have been homeless are eligible for priority admission. 

Members have the option of participating in The Chelton Loft’s two main units:

  • The Café Unit

Members learn how to plan meals, shop, cook and clean. They also discover how to care for plants, and organize and coordinate evening, weekend, holiday and special events.

  • The Administrative Unit

Members learn how to perform clerical duties while assisting the Loft with member services, advocacy, outreach and recruitment, intake, orientation and employment services.

In addition the staff at The Chelton Loft provides a range of services to assist members to achieve a measure of independence. The Loft sponsors entertainment activities on an on-going basis.

  • Case management staff assists members with locating housing and community services.
  • Our Transitional Employment Program enables members to work in part-time jobs throughout the city for six month periods of time. Some positions have turned into permanent jobs.
  • General entertainment activities include hosting parties, outings, guest speakers, theater, music and visual art events.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Chelton Loft or know someone who might qualify as a member, please call us at 212.727.4360. Click here to download the Chelton Loft Member Handbook and here to download the Chelton Loft application packet.