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NYC Mayor says construction of $72.1 million affordable housing development begins

“We are working every day to build 15,000 units of supportive housing with onsite social services to help families who are struggling,” said Mayor Adams

New York: New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul have announced that construction has begun on a $72.1 million affordable housing development in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx.

As per details available on the Official Website of the City of New York, Bedford Green House II will create 46 affordable apartments for families and seniors and 70 supportive apartments for families, individuals, and seniors experiencing homelessness.

The development will also house a 2,410-square-foot medical clinic offering services to residents and the wider community.

“Our administration has never wavered in our commitment to creating new housing, and that’s why we are working every day to build 15,000 units of supportive housing with onsite social services to help families who are struggling,” said Mayor Adams.

“The combination of supportive homes and a medical clinic here will deliver residents and the entire community access to care they may not otherwise be able to access. I was proud to be there to celebrate the opening of 118 new homes at Bedford Green House I, and I’m excited to celebrate the kickoff of construction on the next 116 at Bedford Green House II.”

“With this milestone, we are one step closer to delivering hundreds of units of affordable and supportive housing to Bronx families, seniors, and individuals experiencing homelessness,” said Governor Hochul. “As our state faces a severe housing shortage, essential projects, like this Bedford Green development, are critical to ensuring that all New Yorkers have a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home. My administration remains laser-focused on addressing New York’s housing crisis, and I look forward to working with Mayor Adams and other local and state partners to make affordable housing available to all.”

Bedford Green House II will consist of a newly constructed, 17-story building located at 2880 Jerome Avenue. Bedford Green House I, the first phase of this two-part development, was completed in December 2021.

All of Bedford Green House II’s apartments will be affordable to households with incomes at or below 60 percent of the area median income. Of the 116 units, 80 will be studios, 24 will have one bedroom, and 12 will have two bedrooms.

Seventy apartments will be reserved for households in need of supportive services. These residents will have access to rental subsidies and on-site services funded through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) and administered by the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Supportive services provided by Project Renewal will include coordination of medical services, occupational therapy, crisis management, and assistance with access to public benefits.

Fifty-five apartments will be set aside for seniors aged 62 or older through New York City’s Zoning for Quality and Affordability amendment and Affordable Independent Residences for Seniors provision. Of these 55 apartments, 14 will house seniors who will also benefit from the above-mentioned supportive services through ESSHI.

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