Comunilife and NYC Health + Hospitals Break Ground on Building to Provide Supportive and Affordable Housing in Brooklyn
(New York, NY – August 16, 2017) With a strong presence of elected officials, funders, and other partners, Comunilife and NYC Health + Hospitals broke ground today on the construction of a new six-story, 53,200-square-foot community residence building. The $28 million construction project on the campus of NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull—at 179 Throop Avenue—will provide 89 units of supportive and affordable housing.
All 89 studio units will have their own kitchenettes and bathrooms. Fifty-four will be set aside for supportive housing—for patients of NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull who have behavioral health issues, are eligible for medical discharge, but do not have permanent housing to which to be released. The other 35 units will be available to individuals whose income is at or below 60 percent of the “area median income,” or, currently, $22,207 (which is 60 percent of $37,011).
Funding partners on the project include New York State Homes and Community Renewal (public subsidy), New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (public subsidy), Hudson Housing Capital (as syndicator for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Equity), Sterling National Bank (investor and private debt lender), Chase (private debt lender), and New York State Energy Research and Development (additional grant funding). The supportive services will be funded by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition to developing and managing the property, Comunilife will serve as on-site social service provider.
“This facility will be great for the future residents with special needs, for the other new residents who would otherwise be severely rent burdened, for our health system since it helps us provide more care in the most appropriate setting, and for the community as a welcome new engine for commerce,” said Stanley Brezenoff, Interim President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals. “We’re happy to play a part in making this happen.”
“When completed, Comunilife’s new Woodhull Residence will be home to 89 low-income New Yorkers, including 54 residents living with special needs,” said Rosa M. Gil, DSW, Comunilife President and CEO. “This project has been a dream for many years. It transforms how we provide affordable and supportive housing to our community’s most vulnerable and serves as a model to address the most basic and powerful social determinant of health, housing. By partnering with NYC Health + Hospital/Woodhull, as well as New York State and New York City agencies, we will truly be able to meet the independent housing, social service, and health care needs under one roof.”
“The Comunilife Woodhull Residence demonstrates what can be accomplished through true government and community partnerships,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio. “Health does not happen within the four walls of a doctor’s office, it happens foremost at home. These supportive housing units will go a long way to helping the residents who live here be their healthiest selves. They are another step forward in accomplishing this administration’s vision towards a better and fairer New York City.”