City Selects Nonprofit as Lead for Transformative Senior Housing Development in Crown Heights: A Groundbreaking Initiative for Enhanced Community Well-being
The city of New York has selected a nonprofit organization to lead the development of a senior housing project in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The project, which will provide affordable and supportive housing for low-income seniors, is part of the city’s commitment to address the housing crisis and promote equity and inclusion for vulnerable populations.
The nonprofit, called Community Solutions, has a track record of developing and managing innovative housing solutions for homeless and at-risk individuals and families. The organization will partner with other local nonprofits, such as the Brooklyn Community Services and the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, to provide comprehensive services and programs for the residents of the new development.
The senior housing project will be located on a vacant lot owned by the city, near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Rochester Avenue. The project will consist of a six-story building with 145 units of studio and one-bedroom apartments, as well as a community space, a health clinic, a rooftop garden, and a solar panel system. The units will be reserved for seniors earning 30% to 60% of the area median income, and 25% of the units will be set aside for seniors who are formerly homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The project is expected to break ground in 2024 and be completed by 2026. The city will provide $40 million in capital funding, as well as rental subsidies and tax credits, to support the development. The project is also part of the city’s 10-year plan to create or preserve 300,000 units of affordable housing by 2026.
The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Louise Carroll said that the project will help meet the growing demand for senior housing in Brooklyn and across the city. “We are proud to partner with Community Solutions and their collaborators to bring this vital project to life,” she said. “This development will not only provide safe and dignified housing for our seniors, but also foster a sense of community and belonging among the residents and their neighbors.”
Community Solutions’ President Rosanne Haggerty said that the organization is honored to be chosen by the city to lead the development. “We are grateful for this opportunity to create a model of senior housing that integrates high-quality design, sustainability, and service delivery,” she said. “We look forward to working with our partners and the Crown Heights community to make this project a success.”