ABOUT US: – We believe that everyone deserves a home!

Breaking Ground operates nearly 4,000 units of housing across New York City, along with housing in upstate New York and Connecticut. Supportive housing – affordable housing paired with services designed to help people maintain their homes for the long-term – is widely recognized as a proven and cost-effective solution to chronic homelessness.

But we didn’t stop at providing housing. Breaking Ground’s programs and services help people experiencing street homelessness – especially those who have been on the streets the longest – to come indoors. Through our Street to Home outreach program and transitional housing resources, we help people get, and stay, on the path to a permanent home.

Reporting to the Maintenance Supervisor, the Porter maintains the common areas of our BUILDING. Examples of common areas include offices, multi-purpose rooms, roof deck, garden, trash collection area, lobby, fitness room and sidewalks. Tenant apartments will also be cleaned. Our residential buildings help to end homelessness by providing a home to formerly homeless individuals.

This position has a 35-hour work week.


  • Maintain outdoor grounds including upkeep of grass and bushes; sweeping; raking leaves; shoveling snow
  • Sweep, mop, wash, dust, and vacuum interior of building including stairs, floors, rugs, windows, and walls
  • Seal, wax and buff floors and hard surfaces
  • Clean individual units when vacated to prepare for occupancy
  • Sort and separate the recyclables from other waste to comply with NYC regulations
  • Operate compactor, scissor lift, and freight elevator
  • Assist the Painter, Engineer, and Maintenance Supervisor when assigned
  • Perform repairs in tenant apartments and throughout building
  • Perform painting as needed in apartment and common areas
  • Assist with preventative maintenance inspections and routine upkeep on building systems
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Minimum three years of maintenance/porter experience
  • Experience in the operation of vacuum cleaner, high speed buffer
  • High School Diploma, GED, Trade School or equivalent