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HPD, HDC, ALEMBIC, SUS And Partners Announce The Start Of Construction On A New Supportive Housing Development In Ocean Hill, Brooklyn

More than half of the units in the planned two-building, 134-unit affordable housing development will serve formerly homeless families and individuals.

On-site supportive services will be available to residents in need including case management, personalized recovery programs, skills and employment training and structured social and recreational activities.

 

 

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Brooklyn, N.Y., March 20, 2015 – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) joined Alembic Community Development, Services for the UnderServed (SUS), and project partners to celebrate the start of construction on Henry Apartments, a two-building, 134-unit supportive housing development in the Ocean Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. Of the total 134 units of affordable housing, 78 units will be set aside for formerly homeless families and individuals. The remaining units will serve extremely low- and low-income individuals and families earning anywhere from $29,400 to $50,340 annually. Residents will have access to on-site supportive services through Services for the UnderServed.

The development of this long vacant land into affordable housing will be financed under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough, 10-Year Housing Plan. The plan aims to create and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing. The most comprehensive affordable housing plan in the City’s history and largest municipal housing plan in the nation, its goal is to help address New York City’s  affordability crisis by reaching more than half a million New Yorkers ranging from those with very low incomes to those in the middle class, all of whom face ever-rising rents.

“The City has committed to providing high quality affordable housing to the most vulnerable New Yorkers, including those homeless families and individuals in desperate need of a safe haven, said HPD Commissioner Vicki Been. Thanks to Services for the UnderServed, Alembic Development Partners, and all of our project partners, Henry Apartments will create new homes in a supportive environment for 78 homeless families and 56 low-income families in Brooklyn.”

“HDC is proud to invest in this supportive housing development, assisting families in need with a stable environment and additional services,” said HDC President Gary Rodney.  “Henry Apartments will provide future tenants not only a quality home, but the necessary tools to gain independent living. I would like to thank Alembic Community Development, Services for the UnderServed, all of our program partners and our sister agency HPD, for their continuous effort in developing much-needed housing options for all New Yorkers.”

“Since 1978, Services for the UnderServed has been devoted to addressing the complex needs of veterans and individuals and families facing multiple challenges,” SUS CEO Donna Colonna said. “This new project will allow us to meet the challenge of securing safe, decent and affordable housing for people whose lives may have been derailed by circumstances beyond their control.  We are tremendously grateful to our partners and the City for helping to make the challenge of acquiring affordable housing a reality.”

“As with many affordable and supportive housing developments, Henry Apartments required many financing partners and a creative financing structure,” said Mark Reed, Principal, Alembic Community Development.  “I am delighted to see construction begin and appreciative of our many financing partners – HPD, HDC, Wells Fargo Bank, The Richman Group, the Corporation for Supportive Housing and others – who helped us make this happen.”

Building A will be constructed on privately-owned land that is currently partially vacant. The new six-story building will include 55 affordable units with 40 studios, 10 one-bedrooms, and five two-bedroom units, as well as 2,500 square feet of commercial space. Building B will be located across the street from building A and will be constructed on long vacant formerly city-owned land. The second six-story building will include 79 affordable units with 37 studios, 15 one-bedrooms, 20 two-bedrooms, and six three-bedroom units, as well as 4,500 square feet of commercial space. There will be one two-bedroom unit for the live-in superintendent. Building amenities will include laundry facilities, two elevators per building as well as bicycle parking spaces located in the buildings’ cellars. Each building will feature a landscaped outdoor recreation space with seating and tables, as well as an area designated for urban farming.

“Our veterans deserve to be welcomed home with open doors and open arms, and our homeless and near-homeless individuals and families deserve a beautiful and safe place to live, along with a full set of services to help them succeed,” said Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna. “Henry Apartments will provide support and attention to these communities, and I thank SUS for their work on this new supportive housing facility in Ocean Hill, reflecting Brooklyn’s commitment to these critical populations.”

“I’m proud to stand with everyone today and celebrate the start of construction on this latest addition to our wonderful community,” Community Board 16 Chair Bettie Kollock-Wallace said.  “This development transforms a vacant lot into a productive part of Ocean Hill.  I thank all those who helped make this happen.”

All units in Henry Apartments will be affordable to very low- and low-income families with a preference for formerly homeless families and individuals. The complete development will include 106 units affordable to households earning at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income, or an annual income of no more than $29,400 for an individual or $41,950 for a family of four. The remaining 27 units will be affordable to households earning at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income, or an annual income of no more than $35,280 for an individual or $50,340 for a family of four. A grand total of 78 units will be reserved for formerly homeless families in this development. Rents for these units will be subsidized with Project-based Section 8 vouchers. Residents will be expected to contribute 30 percent of their monthly income toward rent payments. The income levels for this development were set according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s 2014 calculations.

On-site supportive services available to residents of Henry Apartments will be provided by SUS. Services will include individualized case management and personalized recovery programs based on identified needs. Daily life skills training, employment training and job placement services, and structured social and recreation activities will also be offered to the building’s residents.

“Our goal at Wells Fargo is to support long-term economic growth and improve the quality of life for everyone in our communities.  Financing projects like the Henry Apartments will help us to meet this goal by providing supportive housing and on-site services to such deserving New Yorkers,” said Page Travelstead, Vice-President, Wells Fargo Bank. “Congratulations to Alembic Community Development, SUS, the City and everyone who helped to get the project where it is today.”

“This development demonstrates the flexibility of the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit and its ability to foster tremendous creativity in helping community development organizations meet the diverse needs of their communities – in this case, combining supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals, low-income housing for families and neighborhood commercial space in an attractive setting, in a neighborhood experiencing a rapid increase in the cost of housing”, said Noel Henderson-James, Vice-President, Richman Housing Resources. “We are delighted once again to partner with the City, Wells Fargo and Alembic Community Development to help make this happen.”

“CSH is proud to have given early stage predevelopment capital to the Henry Apartments which will provide much needed affordable housing for the community and supportive housing for veterans,  families and individuals that are homeless, or at-risk of homelessness, and facing multiple challenges. We also congratulate SUS for this important new chapter in the organization’s growth and mission,” said Jennifer Trepinski, Loan Officer, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH).

The total development cost of Henry Apartments is approximately $61.9 million. HDC will provide $30.5 in tax exempt bonds and $8.7 million in 421a Funds towards construction financing. HPD will provide over $24 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and $10 million in HOME Funds towards permanent financing. The project will also receive NYSERDA Multi-Family Performance Benefits in the amount of $100,000. Richman Housing Resources will act as tax credit syndicator and Wells Fargo will act as lender.

The City of New York requires that city-subsidized apartments be rented through NYC Housing Connect, an Open Lottery System to ensure fair and equitable distribution of housing to income-eligible applicants. The application period for this project is not yet open. Marketing of the apartments and the application process for the lottery typically begin when construction is approximately 70 percent complete. For more information regarding the lottery process or if you would like to receive an e-mail when HPD updates its available apartment and home website listings for City-subsidized housing in the five boroughs, please visit the Apartment Seekers and Homebuyers pages at www.nyc.gov. Current housing lotteries are also available at www.nyc.gov/housingconnect. Applicants may submit either a paper application or an electronic application. Duplicate applications will be disqualified.

 

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD):

HPD is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers through education, outreach, loan and development programs, and enforcement of housing quality standards. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough Ten-Year Plan to create and preserve 200,000 affordable units for New Yorkers at the very lowest incomes to those in the middle class. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us via www.facebook.com/nychpd and www.twitter.com/nychousing.
 

About the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC):

HDC is the nation’s largest municipal Housing Finance Agency and is charged with helping to finance the creation or preservation of affordable housing under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan. Since 2003, HDC has financed more than 120,000 housing units using over $13.7 billion in bonds, and provided in excess of $1.6 billion in subsidy from corporate reserves. HDC has been the #1 issuer in the nation of mortgage revenue bonds for affordable multi-family housing in each of the last three years. In Affordable Housing Finance Magazine’s most recently published annual listing of the nation’s top ten funders of multi-family housing, HDC is the only municipal entity on the list.  HDC is also the third largest affordable housing lender in the U.S. after Citi and Wells Fargo, ranking ahead of such industry leaders as Bank of America and Capital One. For additional information, visit: www.nychdc.com.

About Alembic Community Development:

Alembic Community Development invests in long-term partnerships in underserved neighborhoods through real estate development, organizational capacity building and community-based planning initiatives. Alembic Community Development offers a full continuum of planning and development services to nonprofit organizations, neighborhoods and cities. For more information, please visit: www.alembiccommunity.com.
 

About Services for the UnderServed (SUS):

Services for the Underserved (SUS) believes every New Yorker has the right to lead a life of purpose. For over 35 years SUS has been transforming this belief into reality by working as an advocate for people living with challenging life situations as a result of mental or intellectual disability, poverty, histories of incarceration, unemployment or substance use.

Through housing, employment, skills-building, treatment and rehabilitation, and in partnership with the people who come to us for services, we create pathways to a rich and productive life. We do our work one person at a time, in partnership with each of the 25, 000 individuals whose lives we touch.  SUS lives in, works in and contributes to communities throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. For more info visit: www.sus.org