As of mid-July, isolation hotels for COVID-impacted supportive housing tenants and staff has moved over to NYC Health and Hospitals (H+H). Initially created to address the needs of individuals being discharged from hospitals, the new hoteling program now features medical and behavioral health services and is open to supportive housing tenants and staff who cannot self-isolate due to shared kitchens, bathrooms or bedrooms. Anyone who has tested positive, has COVID-like symptoms, or who has been exposed to someone with COVID is eligible.
Wearing masks and hard-hats, representatives of S:US and Bronx Pro Group led Zoom attendees on a virtual tour of their in-construction Jerome Avenue Apartments project in the Bronx, scheduled to open by the end of 2021. The tour coincided with the topping off of the structure of the building, which usually concludes the highest construction risk period in any development. Martha Masoero of S:US and Justin Stein of Bronx Pro Group walked viewers through their nearly-finished- building that soon will provide 175 homes to a mix of formerly homeless and low-income individuals and families in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx.
The New York State Office of Mental Health announced that the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) Workgroup is granting all conditional awardees a six-month extension to secure capital resources due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. ESSHI conditional awards are now valid until May 18, 2021.
Last month, the supportive housing community lost one of our best: Joe McKenzie-Hamilton from the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH). Joe died at home from sudden cardiac arrest on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. He is survived by his wife Sabra, son Adam (23), daughter Sophia (21), and son Brendan (18). Joe was a loving spouse, father, brother, son, uncle, colleague, and friend who cared more for others than he did for himself.
The loss is devastating to all of us who knew him and benefited from his compassion, knowledge and energy. Joe was kind and funny and a remarkable social worker who lived his life in pursuit of social justice.