Transitional Services for New York Opens The Mieles

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On September 15th, Transitional Services for New York Inc. (TSINY) joined city and state officials along with project and government partners to celebrate the opening of a new affordable/supportive housing residence located in Jamaica, Queens, the Mieles. The beautiful new building, which stands on the grounds of one of New York’s first supportive residences, creates 70 new affordable apartments, 42 of which are supportive for low-income seniors and chronically homeless individuals with psychiatric disabilities. TSINY will provide onsite services funded by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene through NYC 15/15 funding.

Dr. Larry S. Grubler, CEO of TSINY, opened the program “Today, cutting this ribbon at the new residence, is historic for New York City as this was originally Monica House -- a groundbreaking supportive housing project developed by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. It was one of the first projects funded by the New York/New York Agreement to House the Homeless Mentally Ill.”

NYS OMH Commissioner Dr. Ann Marie T. Sullivan congratulated the government, nonprofit and private sector partners on the beautiful new residence while will provide homes and support for some of our most vulnerable neighbors.

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. expressed gratitude for the Mieles residence and said “This is what we need to do as a city. The mayor has said it, the governor has said it. We need to make sure we are investing in those in need. They aren’t looking for a handout, they are looking for a hand up.”

Assemblyman David I. Weprin expressed appreciation for the new residence and said “A project like this, The Mieles, is really a model for not only New York State but for the country.”

Councilwoman Vickie Paladino said “I’ve seen a lot of money thrown at things that don’t work. This works.”

CSH’s Lauren Velez said “Supportive housing is such a critical need and critical component of addressing homelessness in New York.”

Remarks were given by TSINY Board of Directors President Abbey F. Goldstein, Deputy Comptroller for Diversity Management, Office of the State Comptroller Nancy Hernandez, NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disasibilty, Assistant Commissioner Martha Jackson,  Office of the Mayor of the City of New York Queens Borough Director Kevin N. Morris, Community Board #12 District Manager Yvonne Reddick, Department of Housing Preservation and Development Director of Supportive Housing Loan Officer Ross Karp, TD Bank Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager Matthew Schatz, Homelessness to a Better Tomorrow Bookstore Assistant Manager Nina Cassius and NYS Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein.

The building features intricate brickwork highlighted by various patterns of glazed brick which forms two 75-foot tall murals. The Mieles contains three gardens with and a first-floor patio with lush paintings to provide a meditative space for its residents. Building amenities include an exercise room, laundry, bicycle rooms, and outdoor recreation space.

Financing for this project came from HPD’s Supportive Housing Loan Program.

The architect is Amie Gross Architects and the general contractor is  Raccinelli Construction. 

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