The Lenniger Residences Provides 92 New Affordable Apartments with Onsite Social Services to Aid New Yorkers Struggling With Homelessness
BRONX, NY – NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS), New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS), Common Ground, and their partners announced today the completion of The Lenniger Residences. Located at 614 and 623 East 179th Street in the East Tremont section of the Bronx, The Lenniger Residences is comprised of two separate buildings which provide 92 new family and single units of supportive housing with a preference for the formerly homeless, New Yorkers with special needs, and low-income individuals and families.
The Lenniger Residences were built 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 129,900 units of affordable housing across the five boroughs. More than 39,689 units have been financed in the Bronx and more than 3,600 of these units are in Bronx Community Board 6 where The Lenniger Residences is located.
“If we are judged as a society by how we treat our most vulnerable and neediest citizens, then Sister Barbara Lenniger is somebody we can look to as an embodiment of that sentiment,” said HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua. “In paying tribute to the good works of Sister Lenniger, we hope to honor a woman who worked tirelessly for the betterment of her community and the families she served. It’s fitting that this supportive housing development that will bear her name is dedicated to providing an opportunity to New Yorkers who have struggled with homelessness to create a better and brighter future. I’d like to thank DHS, DOHMH, CUCS and Common Ground for their commitment to our mission of creating a more sustainable and affordable city for all New Yorkers.”
“The Lenniger Residences provide affordable and supportive housing for families and individuals who were homeless or struggling on very low incomes,” said CUCS Executive Director Tony Hannigan. “CUCS strives to help people make meaningful advances in their lives and provides extra help to avert crisis and family disasters whenever necessary. Life at the bottom of the economic ladder is precarious, and the Lenniger Residences are a game changer for many tenants.”
The Lenniger Residences are named in honor of Sister Barbara Lenniger of The Dominican Sisters of Sparkill who has been a dedicated advocated for the homeless and low-income families. Sister Barbara Lenniger helped to establish, and served as the Executive Director of Thorpe Family Residences, Inc. for over 20 years. Established in the early 1980s, Thorpe serves as a transitional housing program with services for homeless mothers with children in the East Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx. Sister Lenniger continued to serve the neighborhood by acting as co-chair of Community Board 6. She is a beloved member of the community and remains committed to East Tremont and its residents.
The Lenniger Residences were built on underutilized privately-owned land, and consist of two five-story residential buildings located across the street from each other. The property at 614 East 179th Street contains 54 units, and the 623 East 179th Street building contains 38 units. The Lenniger Residences feature a computer lab, on-site laundry and gym; residents also have access to a landscaped backyard garden, and both buildings are monitored by 24-hour security. All tenants have access to social workers and case management staff that will provide counseling, case management, after-school programs, and employment and educational assistance.
“In today’s housing environment, supportive developments for the homeless are a more vital resource than ever,” said Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond. “Our clients often come from the street and other extremely vulnerable situations and the social services and wrap-around client care offered at these facilities are invaluable at helping them to become self-sufficient again. Helping our clients back on their feet helps us all.”
Apartments at The Lenniger Residences are reserved for low-income individuals and families, with 55 units reserved for formerly homeless tenants. The units are available to tenants earning no more than 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), or what is equivalent to an annual income of $32,280 for a single person. The units reserved for the formerly homeless receive Project Based Section 8 Rental Assistance, which helps to ensure that these tenants do not pay more than 30 percent of their annual household income towards rent.
All family units and units for the formerly homeless population are fully rented. There are low-income studio units available for individuals. To apply for these units prospective tenants must submit an application to the housing lottery. Applications will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. Qualified applicants will be required to meet income guidelines and additional selection criteria. Applications may be downloaded at www.cucs.org/housingapplication and www.commonground.org or requested by calling (212) 624-1471. For information on how to apply for other affordable housing developments, prospective tenants may visit the ‘Apartment Seekers’ section of the HPD website: www.nyc.gov/hpd
“Enterprise is committed to housing more homeless families and individuals in quality homes they can afford – homes like the beautiful Lenniger Residences,” said Abby Jo Sigal, Vice President and New York Market Leader, Enterprise. “The Lenniger Residences will serve a critical need in our community, bringing many of our neighbors out of the shelter system and into safe, sustainable homes connected to the services they need. Enterprise is proud to have partnered with CUCS throughout the development process to contribute green grant support and $7.9 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity to make this project possible.”
The total development cost for The Lenniger Residences was approximately $28.1 million. HPD provided more than $20 million toward the project, including more than $11.1 million through its Supportive Housing Loan Program (SHLP), and $8.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP) funds. Enterprise provided $7.9 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and provided a $25,000 green grant. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) contributed a grant of $40,000 toward the development.
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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 129,900 affordable homes have been financed. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/hpd
About Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS):
CUCS’ mission is to end homelessness for as many people as possible and to provide opportunities for low income individuals and families to be productive members of the community. CUCS direct service programs help more than 25,000 individuals and families annually to exit homelessness, gain employment, overcome addictions, reunite with family, regain health and wellness, manage mental illness, return to school, rise from poverty and rebuild their lives. Founded at Columbia University, CUCS is one of the nation’s largest providers of supportive services in housing and assists individuals and families to develop and maintain their stability and independence. In recognition of three decades of exemplary work, CUCS was awarded the inaugural New York Times Nonprofit Excellence Award for Sustained Impact for its role in improving the quality of life for homeless and mentally ill New Yorkers.
Enterprise is a leading provider of the development capital and expertise it takes to create decent, affordable homes and rebuild communities. For 30 years, Enterprise has introduced neighborhood solutions through public-private partnerships with financial institutions, governments, community organizations and others that share our vision. Enterprise has raised and invested more than $11 billion in equity, grants and loans to help build or preserve more than 280,000 affordable rental and for-sale homes to create vital communities. Visit www.EnterpriseCommunity.org and www.EnterpriseCommunity.com to learn more about Enterprise's efforts to build communities and opportunity.