On December 14th, Hudson Companies, Jericho Project and HELP USA joined development partners and elected officials to break ground on Logan Fountain, a new mixed-use development, supportive and affordable residence and shelter, in East New York. When complete, the eastern wing will create 174 new affordable apartments, including 105 supportive for formerly homeless individuals. On-site services are provided by the Jericho Project funded by NYC 15/15 through the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH). The western wing will create 169 transitional beds for homeless families, provided by HELP USA funded through the New York City Department of Homeless Services.
The Hudson Companies Development Director, Sarah Pizer opened the program expressing pride for the residence and said “Today's groundbreaking is a true testament to our longstanding commitment to building affordable housing for New Yorkers. We are proud to work with Jericho Project and to HELP USA which will bring critical social services to families in the transitional housing component.”
Jericho Project CEO Tori Lyons remarked “Jericho Project is pleased to support Logan Fountain, whose innovative hybrid affordable and supportive housing will provide a foundation of security for families and adults. We are so proud to be bringing to Brooklyn the comprehensive services that we know are invaluable to individuals as they build new lives for themselves and their families.”
HELP USA’s SVP Families with Children Services Jina Park remarked “More than 30 years ago HELP opened our first shelter in Brooklyn, and it needed an upgrade. Logan Fountain is that upgrade. It is purpose-built, designed from the ground up, inside, and out to give families a sense of safety, respect, connection, and community.”
HPD Commissioner Adolfo Carrion Jr. said “Logan Fountain is a great example of how the City and State continue to work together to house the most vulnerable New Yorkers. This development brings not only 174 permanent affordable and supportive homes for formerly homeless and low-income families, but it also includes 169 beds in a new family shelter.” He also added “I know how hard it is to get here. This is going to be a transformative project for this area. We’re here to get stuff built.”
Council member Sandy Nurse stated, “We need these units. More people in this community need units that they can afford.”
NYC Department of Social Services Commissioner Gary Jenkins remarked, “The end to homelessness is housing and we recognize this. Projects like this are vital to our continued efforts to efficiently connect New Yorkers in need to the high-quality housing and shelter opportunities they need and deserve. We are grateful for our public and private partners for getting this incredible project underway and we look forward to working together toward our shared goal of making this city more equitable and affordable for all.”
Building amenities include a fitness room, landscaped common courtyard with a children’s play area, multiple terraces with a garden area, bicycle storage rooms, and laundry rooms.
Funding for the project comes from Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits from New York State Homes and Community Renewal, CitiBank, subsidy from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, former council member Rafael Espinal and Hudson Housing Capital.
The architect is MHG Architects and the general contractor is Broadway Builders.