Hunterfly Trace Offers 62 New Affordable Apartments with On-site Social Services and Job Training for Formerly Homeless Adults
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, Lantern Community Services Chief Operating Officer, Alissa Kampner Rudin and their development partners announced the grand opening of Hunterfly Trace. Located at 397-403 Howard Avenue in Brooklyn’s Ocean Hill/Brownsville neighborhood, Hunterfly Trace provides 62 units of supportive housing and on-site social services for formerly homeless adults. The development is built along a trace of Hunterfly Road that was used by Dutch settlers in the 1800’s to measure plots of land. The original Hunterfly Road continues southward stretching toward Jamaica Bay and is the location of the historic Hunterfly Road Houses.
Hunterfly Trace was created under the Bloomberg Administration’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP) and sponsored by the Lantern Group, a non-profit developer of New York City affordable housing. Launched by Mayor Bloomberg in 2003, the NHMP is a multibillion dollar initiative to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing for half a million New Yorkers by the close of the 2014 fiscal year. To date, the plan has funded the creation or preservation of more than 126,900 units of affordable housing across the five boroughs. More than 30,490 units have been financed in Brooklyn with more than 4,100 units in Community Board 16 where Hunterfly Trace is located.
“For our most vulnerable citizens, having a safe, affordable home is critical to building a stable future,” said HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua. “Hunterfly Trace was designed with this population in mind, and will provide both a secure home environment and the supportive services they need.
“Thanks to the commitment of the Lantern Group, and of all our public and private partners, we are creating affordable housing that serves New Yorkers who are most in need, while giving these men and women – many of whom were formerly homeless and living in shelters – valuable personal support and helping them develop skills that will enable them to enter the workforce and become more self-sufficient and self-reliant. Our partners deserve our thanks for making this new development a reality. We cannot do this alone and but for the federal HOME dollars that filled a crucial funding gap, this development would have remained an impossible dream.”
“The development of permanent affordable housing has been a priority for the communities of Ocean Hill and Brownsville,” said Alissa Kampner Rudin, Chief Operating Officer, Lantern Community Services. “The on-site social services at Hunterfly Trace help improve the quality of life for the people living here, many of whom had lived in shelters for ten or more years and have never had their own apartment. Not only do we work with residents to strengthen their independent living skills and foster housing stability, but we also assist them in setting employment and wellness goals. In addition, Hunterfly Trace provides much-needed affordable housing to the communities’ aging population.”
The new eight-story building features 62 studio apartments, a penthouse community space and social services on the cellar level. On-site social services are provided by Lantern Community Services and include comprehensive case management, individual and group substance abuse counseling, independent life skills building, vocational rehabilitation, paid work training and employment services. Fifty-five units are reserved for homeless adults who have special needs and seven units are for single adults from the community. Tenants for these units were referred from the New York City Department of Homeless Services and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. All units are set at 60% Area Median Income (AMI), serving individual incomes no higher than $33,240.
Supportive housing is permanent, affordable housing with on-site support services to serve the needs of the most vulnerable New Yorkers, including the homeless and disabled. In some developments, on-site social services may include case management to help residents set goals; employment assistance; educational and vocational training; access to health care and counseling; health, wellness and nutrition classes; and peer support. Through supportive housing, disabled individuals and residents with special needs are able to live independent and productive lives with the foundation of stable housing. Since inception, the NHMP has funded 7,577 units of supportive housing throughout the City and over 600 units of supportive housing in Brooklyn Community Board 16.
The total development cost for Hunterfly Trace was $14.1 million. HPD provided $1.1 million in Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOME funds and $5.8 million in City capital. Tax Credit Equity was provided by the Richman Group in the amount of $7.2 million. Hunterfly Trace was designed by Gran Kriegel Associates and constructed by P&P Contracting.
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About the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD):
HPD is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers through education, outreach, loan and development programs and enforcement of housing quality standards. It is responsible for implementing Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan to finance the construction or preservation of 165,000 units of affordable housing by 2014. Since the plan’s inception, more than 126,900 affordable homes have been created or preserved. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/hpd
About Lantern Group:
Lantern Group is a not-for-profit housing developer and service provider established in 1997 to participate in activities that strengthen New York City communities. With affordable housing sites located in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn, Lantern Group specializes in developing affordable housing for people living with a continuing disability and who have a history of homelessness. Lantern Community Services (LCS), the social services affiliate of Lantern Group, provides direct services to the tenants. LCS provides services to residents living in more than 1,000 units of permanent, affordable and supportive housing for low-income families and individuals living with special needs including mental illness, HIV/AIDS, as well as young adults aging out of foster care.