The 42-unit affordable housing residence includes 23 supportive units dedicated to formerly homeless survivors of domestic violence.
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.
“Domestic violence victims must often choose between living in dangerous situations or becoming homeless,” explained Carol Corden, Executive Director of New Destiny. “This beautiful new building will provide a safe beginning for families fleeing domestic violence. And the availability of on-site services will ensure that tenants have the tools they need to build secure futures for themselves and their children.”
Other supporters who gave remarks at the ribbon-cutting included Maria Kolaitis, Downstate Director of Development at NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR); Dana Greenberg, Vice President at the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance/Homeless Housing Assistance Corporation (OTDA/HHAC); Judi Kende, Vice President and New York Market Leader at Enterprise Community Partners; Brian Hetey, Legislative & Budget Director at New York City Council for Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr.; Lawrence Hammond, Vice President & Mortgage Officer at Community Preservation Corporation (CPC); and Jen Trepinski, Director of Loan Originations at CSH.
The Jennings, an eight-story building, features a multi-purpose program space, a library/computer room, laundry room, and a secure landscaped courtyard with a children’s play area.
With funding from the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI), New Destiny’s on-site services for the supportive housing residents include safety planning, case management, job readiness assistance and financial planning, as well as children and family programming.
Local, city, and state funding for The Jennings was provided by NYS HCR, NYS HHAC, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), NYS Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), NYC Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS), CPC, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Private funders included Enterprise Community Partners, TD Bank, Deutsche Bank, and Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH).
Alexander Gorlin was the architect and Lettire Construction was the general contractor.