Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities Breaks Ground on New Queens Affordable/Supportive Housing Residence

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On April 14th, Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities, Inc (Elmcor) joined government and project partners to break ground on a new affordable and supportive housing residence. Elmcor will provide services funded by NYC 15/15. 

Located in Corona Queens, the residence will create 30 affordable and supportive apartments: 21 supportive for those recovering from substance use and/or mental health issues and nine affordable for older adults. 

“This building will be a home that is consistent with who we are; a community that doesn’t separate people but integrates groups to support the healing and recovery that happens when we see each other as one community.” said Elmcor Executive Director Saeeda Dunston. “We will provide supportive housing both for individuals in recovery and affordable housing for older adults. 

“Safe, affordable housing equipped with supportive services is KEY to getting people back on their feet,” said HPD Commissioner Adolfo Carrión Jr. “Projects like the one we are celebrating today address our city’s dire need for more holistic and compassionate solutions to our affordable housing crisis.” 

“Safe and affordable housing is a basic human need,” said Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry. “It also serves as the foundation of a healthy and prosperous community. I am excited and grateful for the construction of a new 30 units, multi-use supportive, affordable housing project which will provide housing to some of our most vulnerable residents.” 

“Elmcor has diligently and effectively served the families of Queens for decades, a mission that continues with Thursday’s critically important groundbreaking” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. “By providing those recovering from substance abuse and mental health issues, as well as our older residents, with supportive, affordable housing right here in our community, we are creating a model of human justice through housing for the rest of the city to follow.” 

The project is financed by a construction loan from CPC, NYCRS, HPD Supportive Housing Loan Program (SHLP), and ResoA funding from the Queens Borough President and City Council. 

The architect is Monica Lopez Architects and the general contractor is Penta Restoration Group.

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