John & Caroll Kowal House

John & Carroll Kowal House, named after founding board member John Kowal and his wife Carroll, strives to improve the lives of single adults in Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing. Advocating for the preservation of SRO housing, WSFSSH responded to a proposal by New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development to develop a model SRO housing using Section 8 Modified Rehab. Despite financial constraints, Kowal House opened in November 1988, embodying the vision of supportive SRO housing.

Building Overview


149 Manhattan Avenue, New York, NY 10025

Date Opened

November 7, 1988

Number of Units

72 SRO (single room occupancy) units for persons with very low incomes, persons with experience of homelessness


Elliott Rosenblum, Architect

General Contractor

Sparrow Construction

Building Services

WSFSSH’s unwavering commitment ensures that crucial support services are available to residents, setting a precedent for compassionate care.

24 Hour Security
On-Site Laundry Services
Active Recreation Program
On-Site Social Work Services
Fire Alarms & Other Safety Features