On November 14th, NYC Council approved Intro 1321C, legislation that requires developers of certain affordable housing projects to pay the prevailing wage to building service employees. The Mayor is expected to approve the bill. This requirement will go into effect 120 days after it becomes law.
On November 12th, Community Access gathered a collaborative of government funders, elected officials, tenants, and building and program staff to celebrate the opening of the East 172nd Street Apartments. The building includes 65 affordable two-bedroom and studio apartments and 60 studio supportive housing units reserved for tenants living with mental health concerns.
On Nov. 6, New Destiny gathered alongside supporters in government, funding, and the community to celebrate a beautiful new affordable/supportive residence in the Bronx. Thanks to The Jennings, Crotona Park East neighborhood of the Bronx gains 42 affordable units, including 23 set aside for homeless domestic violence survivors who will receive onsite supportive services from the nonprofit.
On the morning of Oct. 29th, local and state government representatives, funding and development partners, and community members gathered in the Bronx for Breaking Ground and Comunilife’s ribbon-cutting at the transformational La Central development. The partners opened a 161-unit affordable/supportive housing residence, which includes 97 supportive units specifically for individuals who are formerly homeless and/or living with HIV/AIDS.
On the brisk morning of October 25th, state and local elected officials, funding partners, and community members joined Services for the UnderServed (S:US) and Bronx Pro Group to herald construction for Jerome Ave. Apartments. It is the first housing groundbreaking within the Jerome Avenue Neighborhood Plan, an initiative to revitalize the Jerome Avenue corridor. Out of a total 175 affordable units, 105 will also be supportive units for formerly homeless individuals and families.
The project will be a “radical transformation and improvement of this site,” according to Arlo Chase, Senior Vice President of Real Estate & Property Development at S:US, who kicked off the event’s program. He explained the site’s history: S:US took over a neighborhood eyesore – colorfully referred to as a “hot sheets motel” – and turned it into Jerome Court, housing for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, at a time when such support was still uncommon. He said Jerome Ave. Apartments would expand on that honorable legacy.