New York City-based nonprofit organization The Doe Fund has broken ground for 68 units of affordable and supportive housing at 3188 Villa Avenue, in the Bedford Park/Special Grand Concourse District of The Bronx.
The 10-story building will include 60 studio units and eight one-bedroom apartments. Sixty percent of the units (41 units) will be reserved for formerly homeless individuals; the remaining 40 percent (27 units) will be occupied by either individuals or households from the NYCHA waitlist.
“We are thrilled to help advance the city’s goal of ensuring all households have access to safe, quality, and affordable housing by bringing these 68 homes to The Bronx,” said George McDonald, Founder & President of The Doe Fund.
“When we invest in high-quality, affordable housing in areas like Bedford Park, we are positively affecting the entire community.”
“Supportive housing is one of the most effective solutions to help stabilize individuals struggling with homeless, and a key pillar of the Mayor’s Housing New York plan. Today we are breaking ground on 68 new homes that will both provide a long-term asset for the Bedford Park community, and a solid foundation for New Yorkers in need of affordable housing and the supportive services that will help them to thrive,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer.
“I look forward to working with The Doe Fund and all our partners to see this project over the finish line, and thank them for their steadfast commitment to creating more affordable housing opportunities throughout this city.”
The Doe Fund will provide onsite supportive services to residents, including comprehensive case management, linkages to health care, and other critical services, such as job preparedness, employment training, and drug/alcohol prevention services.
Other amenities will include 24-hour professionally staffed security, energy-efficient appliances and building systems, and shared community spaces, including a bike room, community room, and a rear garden.
Construction on the building is expected to be complete by 2020.
The building was designed by DeLaCour Ferrara & Church Architects, and the building contractor is Mega Contracting Group, LLC. Chase Community Development Banking, a leading investor in developing communities and neighborhoods, financed construction. Other key project partners include NYC Housing Preservation and
Development, NYC Housing Authority, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and NYC Human Resources Administration. Bronx Community Board 7 approved the project at its January 16, 2018 meeting.
This project will join The Doe Fund’s existing portfolio of transitional, supportive, and affordable housing serving under-served populations across New York City.
The Doe Fund announced last month that it received from New York State three Empire State Supportive Housing Initiatives (ESSHI) program awards to develop and operate three new projects in The Bronx.
“Today’s groundbreaking is the first step for 68 individuals and their families to take advantage of much-needed affordable and supportive housing in the northwest Bronx,” said NYCHA Interim
Chair and CEO Stanley Brezenoff.
“As the largest Section 8 administrator in the country, NYCHA is proud to provide the housing subsidy to support this new building that will provide critically needed housing to our most vulnerable populations for generations to come.”