Governor Hochul announces start of construction of $ 22 million supportive housing development in central Harlem

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the start of construction of a $ 22 million LGBTQ supportive housing project for formerly homeless young adults. Known as Homeward Central Harlem, the development will include 50 apartments with on-site support services provided by Homeward NYC.

“Every New Yorker deserves to have a safe place to call home, and Homeward Central Harlem embraces this mission for young adults who need a safe place to live,” Governor Hochul said. “My administration is committed to expanding supportive housing options for vulnerable populations, particularly LGBTQ youth who are disproportionately affected by homelessness. With affordable housing and access to services in place for those who need it most, we can help all New Yorkers thrive, grow and succeed. ”

Homeward Central Harlem will consist of a single nine-story building with 50 fully furnished studios and a superintendent’s unit. Residents must be between the ages of 18-24 at the time of entry and will be referred by the Department of Homeless Services, the Department of Youth and Community Development’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, and Administration for Children’s Services Foster Care. Accommodation is not time limited, which means residents do not age on their 25th birthday.

Homeward NYC is the on-site housing and social work service provider. Services include counseling, case management for residents to access financial and health care benefits, links to community resources, group activities and skills-building programs. Homeward NYC also owns and operates an intergenerational Upper West Side facility providing family shelter and affordable housing for seniors.

Located at 15 West 118th Street, the building will include energy efficient components for heating and cooling systems, lighting and appliances. The building will also address disparities in information technology access for residents by ensuring that every apartment has low-cost internet access.

The co-developers are Type A Projects and Azimuth Development Group.

State development funding includes an allocation of federal low-income housing tax credits that will generate more than $ 14 million in private capital and $ 2.5 million in grants from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. Enterprise Community Partners is providing a grant of $ 1.8 million. KeyBank provided a $ 12.8 million construction loan.

Support services will be funded by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, with corresponding rent assistance provided by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

UNHCR Commissioner Ruth anne Visnauskas noted, “This new development will provide 50 young people with the security, guidance and compassion they need to reach their full potential and live happy, healthy and successful adulthoods. All too often, LGBTQ people face discrimination and hardships that no young person should with affordable rents and tailored services, Homeward Central Harlem will provide residents with the safe environment and resources they need to heal. . Our investment will reduce homelessness and enrich New York’s LGBTQ community for decades to come.

HPD Commissioner Louise Carroll said: “Homeward Central Harlem represents the city’s unprecedented investments in affordable, life-changing housing that serves some of our most vulnerable neighbors. provide beautiful new and affordable homes to formerly homeless young adults, who will have access to on-site support services designed to help LGBTQ youth thrive. ”

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer said: “Homeward Central Harlem will provide crucial support to homeless young adults. I am glad that the construction of this much needed new facility has started.

Annie Tirschwell, Director of Type A Projects, said: “We are grateful for the efforts of so many of our agency colleagues at UNHCR and HPD whose partnership and leadership throughout these early stages of our project have brought this development to fruition. Their dedication and support will dramatically change the lives of so many of our young adults in the city with the creation of permanent housing and on-site service delivery by our development partner, Homeward NYC. ”

rock Boboris, Director of Development for Azimut Development Group, said: “We are proud and delighted to be a part of this necessary and thoughtful project. Creating quality housing that also offers ongoing support and assistance to the younger generation will benefit the future of the residents served and the future of the entire community. . ”

Jeannette K. Ruffins, General Manager of Homeward NYC, noted,“Homeward NYC is proud to partner with New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Housing Preservation and Development, KeyBank, Hudson Housing and Enterprise Community Partners for funding, Type A Projects and Azimuth Development Group for development, and Kossar + Garry Architects, LLP for The Partnership demonstrates the state’s shared commitment to serving this vulnerable population both as a smart policy and the right thing to do.Using a Housing First model, homeless youth can catch their breath, develop skills, heal from trauma and be empowered to move their lives forward. LGBTQ youth and young adults experience homelessness at a significantly higher rate than their peers. They often become homeless at younger ages and stay homeless longer Supportive housing (that is, affordable housing with on-site support services) is a critical part of ending homelessness. chronic ance. ”

Eric Steinberg, Senior Vice President of KeyBank Community Development Lending and Investment, said: “KeyBank is delighted to be working with UNHCR and the development team to fund this transformative and important project. We are deeply committed to helping underserved populations and are proud to be a partner in providing new affordable, safe and decent housing. to homeless youth who -identify as LGBTQ. ”

Sam Ganeshan, Managing Director of Hudson Housing Capital, said: “Hudson Housing Capital is proud to partner with Homeward NYC, Type A Projects and Azimuth Development Group to fund high quality supportive housing at Homeward Central Harlem. This property will provide some of the city’s most vulnerable residents with a safe place to live independently. Developing affordable housing for young people facing homelessness requires teamwork, partnership and collaboration and we thank and congratulate everyone involved, including our investor Santander Bank.

Baaba Halm, vice president and New York market leader of Enterprise Community Partners, said: “Enterprise was proud to provide a $ 1.8 million grant to Homeward NYC – Central Harlem, which will create 50 units of indispensable permanent supportive housing for young adults and provide comprehensive on-site social services ranging from health and Well-Being to Employment Readiness in an LGBTQ-Friendly Environment. As New York’s housing instability crisis grows exponentially due to the pandemic and its economic fallout, these new affordable housing units will an immediate difference. We applaud Homeward, Type A Projects, the Azimuth Development Group, the State and all partners involved for moving this project forward at such a difficult time for low-income New York City residents. . ”

Assembly Member Inez E. Dickens said, “I am thrilled and delighted to hear that construction of Homeward Central Harlem is underway to provide safe and affordable housing for young members of the LGBTQ community in our neighborhood. I clearly remember the horror stories of young people driven from their homes, part of the homeless community, physically assaulted, sexually abused and in some cases killed because of their gender identity. Knowing that we will now house these beautiful young people in an environment where there will be support, warmth and understanding, I am proud to represent Harlem and continue to fight for the funding of programs as such in the legislature. of State.”

Carmen Neely, President and CEO of Harlem Pride, said: “Despite the great strides made by the LGBTQ civil rights movement over the past decade, many LGBTQ youth are still homeless due to rejection from family and community, including here in Harlem. I congratulate the Governor Hochul for having invested in the youth of our community, so they have the opportunity to be themselves and to provide for themselves, while being surrounded by a community that asserts itself. “

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