New Supportive Housing with On-site Services for Low-Income Families and Domestic Violence Survivors
Bronx, NY - The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) and New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) joined project developers New Destiny Housing and partners today to celebrate the opening of The Anderson. The new development located at 1070 Anderson Avenue in the Bronx includes 41 newly constructed units of affordable rental housing for low-income families with a set aside units for homeless survivors of domestic violence. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. also attended the opening ceremony.
The Anderson was developed under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP). The NHMP is a multi-billion dollar initiative to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing for half a million New Yorkers by the close of Fiscal Year 2014. For every dollar invested by the City, the Plan has leveraged $3.42 in additional funding for a total commitment of more than $21 billion to fund the creation or preservation of over 142,889 units of affordable housing across the five boroughs, with more than 45,036 units financed in the Bronx.
“A house is more than just a place to live. Everyone should have a safe and secure home within their reach,” said HPD Commissioner Mathew Wambua. “The City of New York is committed to making safe and affordable housing available to all New Yorkers. We have further promised to double the amount of supportive housing so that residents can receive extra support when they need it. I want to thank all of our partners for making this wonderful development possible. We are proud of the commitment we’ve made and will work with our partners in City and State government to keep our promise.”
Darryl C. Towns, HCR Commissioner/CEO said, “Safe housing is critical for domestic violence survivors who are trying to rebuild their lives away from violent partners. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, the creation of supportive housing has been a policy and budget priority. We know that this type of housing provides the resources to help these individuals and families take the journey from chaotic family dynamics to secure, stable homes. I congratulate New Destiny and our government partners for a project that mixes low-income and supportive housing in a sustainable green development which grows the family, grows the community, grows jobs, and strengthens the economy.”
“This beautiful green building will provide safe homes for families fleeing domestic violence. And, the availability of on-site services will ensure that tenants have the tools they need to build secure futures for themselves and their children,” said New Destiny Executive Director Carol Corden.
The Anderson features a spacious common room and children’s room, both designed with pro bono help from EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect. Along with social service offices, a computer room and a secure outdoor space will be available for tenant use. New Destiny will provide on-site services such as counseling, public benefits management, children and family programming, and job readiness coaching.
Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Executive Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin said “OTDA is pleased to partner once again through the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program with New Destiny Housing Corporation and other funding agencies in the development of the 1070 Anderson project. There continues to be a great need for permanent supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence. HHAP is an important resource in addressing this need.”
The eight-story new development includes 41 units of affordable housing. The units include a mix of studios, one- and two-bedrooms. Eleven units have been reserved for households receiving Public Assistance. Five units will be available to families earning no more than 50% of Area Median Income (AMI) or $38,400 for a family of four. HCR has awarded the project eight Project-Based Section 8 Certificates to serve these families. The remaining 16 units will be affordable to families earning no more than 60% of AMI or $46,000. Income levels are determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Twenty-one units are reserved for homeless families who are survivors of domestic violence.
These apartments were marketed in accordance with a lottery process. For more information regarding the lottery process, current housing lotteries, how to apply to an open lottery, and if you would like to receive an e-mail when HPD has updated its website concerning available apartment and home listings for City-subsidized housing in the five boroughs, please visit the Apartment Seekers and Homebuyers pages at www.nyc.gov/hpd
The total development cost was approximately $14.6 million. HPD facilitated $1 million in City Capital Funding from the Bronx Borough President’s office. The project was constructed with a $1.6 million Housing Trust Fund loan and NYS HCR provided $6.5 million in Low-Income Tax Credits. The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance provided additional funding in the amount of $4.8 million. The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York provided $615,000 in funding. Acquisition financing was provided by the New York Acquisition Loan Fund and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. This was the first project the Fund has loaned on that anticipated New York State financing, rather than financing from New York City. Boston Capital is the tax credit syndicator for the project.
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 the close of the 2014 fiscal year. Since the plan’s inception, more than 142,422 affordable homes have been financed. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/hpd
About NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR)
New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) consists of all the State's major housing and community renewal agencies, including the State of New York Mortgage Agency, the Affordable Housing Corporation, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the Housing Finance Agency, the Housing Trust Fund Corporation and others. For more information, visit www.nyshcr.org
About New Destiny Housing
Founded in 1994, New Destiny Housing is a non-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to supporting families and individuals at risk of domestic violence and homelessness. New Destiny provides affordable, supportive housing to survivors of domestic violence, which offers residential services such as safety planning, employment counseling, public benefits management and children’s programming.
New Destiny provides training and technical assistance to abuse victims seeking information about permanent housing and also conducts research and publishes its findings in an effort to increase access to existing housing resources for domestic violence survivors. The organization’s HousingLink program is New York City’s only centralized resource for domestic violence survivors seeking permanent housing.
New Destiny has been recognized for its excellence by Bank of America, TD Bank, Enterprise Community Partners, New York State Association for Affordable Housing and Tri-State Real Estate Magazine. For more information, visit www.newdestinyhousing.org