On November 17th, New Destiny joined elected officials, including Lt. Governor Brian Benjamin, and project partners to celebrate the opening of a new supportive housing residence, The Corden. Named in honor of former New Destiny Executive Director Carol Corden, the new residence is creating 62 units of affordable and supportive housing - 37 supportive for formerly homeless families headed by domestic violence survivors. New Destiny will provide services funded by NYS Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) through New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).
New Destiny Executive Director Nicole Branca kicked off the ceremony stressing the importance of state supportive housing funding and housing for survivors of domestic violence, "Domestic violence survivors know the double trauma of homelessness and domestic violence….This building was possible because the state's supportive housing commitment specifically funds domestic violence survivors."
Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin followed and stressed the State’s commitment to supportive housing, "Supportive housing is a key part of the state's housing plan and continues to be a priority. I have long believed the way to help homeless people is through supportive housing.”
Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas added, “This permanent supportive housing provides families with what they need in a modern residence. We are furiously working on a new housing plan and look forward to much more in the future."
Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr. and Assembly Member Kenny Burgos also spoke to the need for more housing like The Corden, “We need more affordable housing in our communities.” said Council Member Salamanca. “We are bringing something positive here and you have a commitment from me to do much more.”
"These 62 units are great, but they are a drop in the bucket,” said Assembly Member Burgos. “We need a lot more to address the housing crisis."
Located in Longwood in the Bronx, The Corden features a multi-purpose program space, library, courtyard and indoor and outdoor children play areas.
Financing for the project was provided by NYS Homes and Community Renewal, New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, with support from New York City Housing Authority, tax credit syndicator Hudson Housing Capital, and HSBC as investor.
Magnusson Architecture and Planning was the architect and the general contractor was D.P. Group General Contractors.