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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 18, 2012

Eric Bederman (HPD) 212-863-5176


HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA AND RIDGEWOOD BUSHWICK CELEBRATE OPENING OF NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIOR CITIZENS IN BROOKLYN

Moffat Gardens Provides 72 units of Affordable Housing and On-Site Supportive Services to Low-Income Senior Citizens 

Brooklyn, NY – NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambuajoined Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council (RBSCC)  today to announce the completion of Moffat Gardens in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. Located at 16-26 Moffat Street, Moffat Gardensprovides 72 new units of low-income housing and on-site supportive services with a preference for senior citizens ages 62 and older. Also in attendance were State Senator Martin Dilan, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Member Erik Martin Dilan, and Council Member Stephen Levin.

 “For low-income senior citizens the burden of juggling a fixed-income with the costs of rent and other necessities can feel  like trying to solve a puzzle that’s missing pieces,” said HPD Commissioner Wambua. “These affordable homes at Moffat Gardens provide stability and peace of mind that allows our seniors to age in place gracefully with the dignity and respect they’ve earned.  I thank RBSCC, our elected officials and community leaders for their support in helping us create a more sustainable and affordable New York for all of our citizens.” 

Moffat Gardens built on formerly city-owned land and was developed under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP), 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 130,600 units of affordable housing across the five boroughs.  More than 31,353 units have been financed in the Brooklyn and more than 2,338 of these units are in Brooklyn Community Board 4 where Moffat Gardens is located. 

“RBSCC is proud of its decades long partnership with HPD to bring affordable housing to the Bushwick community,” said RBSCC Housing Director Scott Short. “Moffat Gardens is the latest effort in that partnership, combining an innovative mix of low income senior citizen housing with assisted living beds for our most frail residents. We hope that this project can become a model for the intersection of health care and housing in future developments.” 

Moffat Gardens is a six-story building with 71 one-bedroom units and one unit set aside for the building’s superintendent. Apartments at Moffat Gardens are available to tenants with an annual income not exceeding 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), or what is equivalent to an annual income of $26,900 for a single person, with rents set at $795 per month. Moffat Gardens receives funding through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC), which helps to ensure that these tenants do not pay more than 30 percent of their annual household income towards rent. 

The development provides safe, affordable housing that promotes an active lifestyle for seniors. The building has a full-time security staff and an emergency call system. Qualified professional staff, hired by RBSCC includes a physician, registered nurse, case manager, recreation manager and 24-hour home health aides. On-site supportive services offered to all residents include case management from on-site counselors, medical assistance, housekeeping services, personal aid and transportation. Residents may take part in a variety of social activities including bingo, Tai Chi, Yoga, painting, ballroom dancing and arts & crafts. Residents will also have access to prepared hot meals. 

The total development cost for Moffat Gardens was approximately $15.8 million. In addition to providing the land for construction at a cost of $1, HPD facilitated $4.5 million in Reso A funds and $11.2 million in HUD 202 funds. New York City Council provided $3.5 million and the Brooklyn Borough President’s office contributed $1 million. 

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 About 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 the close of the 2014 fiscal year.  Since the plan’s inception, more than 130,600 affordable homes have been financed.  For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/hpd   

About Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center Council (RBSCC):

Since 1973, RBSCC has been dedicated to providing a variety of social services for senior citizens, such as medical housing and social security assistance. Over the years their mission has grown to encompass numerous activities including the development of senior residences. Yolanda Lopez Plaza located at 78 Troutman Street (82 units), Gates Plaza Senior Housing located at 1245 Gates Avenue (83 units) and Goodwin Senior Housing located at 55 Goodwin Place (100 units) are some of the organizations various residences for the elderly. 

RBSCC’s scope has also grown to include education programs and recreational activities for young adults. The organization, which also covers the Greenpoint, Glendale and Williamsburg neighborhoods, has established educational learning trips abroad for young adults, encouraging them to expand their horizons.

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