On June 10th members of the affordable and supportive housing communities joined Catholic Charities Communities Brooklyn and Queens at Bishop Thomas V. Daily Residence for a to celebrate the launch of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens' new energy sustainability initiative, Laudato Si Corporation.
This initiative will generate renewable energy on the roofs of four existing, as well as future affordable housing developed by Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corporation (CCPOPD). The initial buildings included are focused in historically underserved neighborhoods and include two supportive housing residences: The Bishop Thomas V. Daily Residence in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, which has 60 supportive housing units and the Bishop Joseph Sullivan Residence in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn with 88 supportive housing units.
Laudato Si Corporation will generate a sizable amount of renewable energy as a proactive response to address mounting climate change demands for a sustainable future and will help Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development accelerate its shift away from fossil fuel reliance and to contribute to distributed renewable energy infrastructure in New York City.
At the ceremony, speakers spoke to the need to confront our climate crisis and the role affordable and supportive housing can play, as well as developing housing to withstand future climate related emergencies.
Reverend Patrick J. Keating, Esq., Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens said “The initiative not only responds to Pope Francis’ encyclical, but preserves affordable housing for low-income neighbors, reduces our carbon footprint, and our energy costs- all while leading the way in New York City. This in turn, will allow Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens to invest capital savings into resiliency options and direct services for future generations.”
See the full press release here.