Woodhull Residence Brings Housing and Health Care Together
Woodhull Residence Complements Vital Brooklyn Initiative Aimed at Breaking Down Barriers to Housing and Health Care in Central Brooklyn
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the Woodhull Residence, a $29 million affordable and supportive housing development in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood that provides 89 affordable apartments on the campus of NYC Health + Hospital's Woodhull Hospital. More than half the apartments are reserved for individuals in need of support services.
"This new residence will provide increased access to high-quality affordable housing opportunities for some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "These 89 new homes, paired with services and easy access to health care, will give residents a safe and supportive place to call home and help them thrive."
"This significant housing development is increasing the number of affordable units in Brooklyn and continuing the revitalization of the Bedford-Stuyvesant area," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today's announcement. "The Comunilife project, in partnership with NYC Health + Hospital, is increasing access to affordable, quality apartments with a focus on individuals in need of support services. The Woodhull Residence complements our Vital Brooklyn initiative to break down barriers to housing and health care, and continues our efforts to strengthen the local economy and enhance quality of life for all New Yorkers in Brooklyn and beyond."
The Governor's commitment to providing all New Yorkers with access to safe, affordable housing is reflected in the State's unprecedented $20 billion, five-year Housing Plan. The plan makes housing accessible and combats homelessness by building or preserving more than 100,000 affordable homes and 6,000 with supportive services. The plan is a comprehensive approach to statewide housing issues and includes multi-family and single-family housing and community development. Since 2011, New York State Homes and Community Renewal has invested more than $2 billion to create or preserve nearly 15,000 affordable homes and apartments in Brooklyn.
The development, located at 179 Throop Avenue, was constructed on the site of a former parking lot on the Woodhull Hospital campus. Of the 89 studio apartments, 54 are reserved for formerly homeless adults with special needs who are referred by NYC Health + Hospitals. The remaining 35 apartments will be for low-income individuals earning at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income. Building amenities include a community room and computer lab on the first floor, on-site case management services and 24-hour security along with energy efficient heating and cooling equipment. Comunilife, one of the city's leading not for profit organizations, is the developer and will provide on-site social services.
State financing for the $28.8 million project includes federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits that generated $8.5 million in equity and an additional $6 million in subsidy from New York State Homes and Community Renewal, and $80,100 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development provided $9.7 million in City Capital Funds. The Woodhull Residence uses NYC 15/15 rental subsidy, which will provide project-based rental assistance for the 54 supportive units. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will provide funding for supportive services.
Woodhull Residence builds on the Governor's efforts to break down the barriers to quality housing and health care and create more vibrant neighborhoods throughout Central Brooklyn. In November 2018, as part of the Vital Brooklyn initiative, Governor Cuomo announced four winning proposals that will collectively create more than 2,700 100-percent affordable homes in central Brooklyn with apartments and supportive services for the developmentally disabled, individuals aging out of foster care and chronically homeless families. The Governor also announced the release of a second round of Vital Brooklyn affordable housing request for proposals advancing the initiative's $578 million goal to create 4,000 units of affordable housing.
HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, "The Woodhull Residence is another concrete example of Governor Cuomo's strong commitment to aggressively expand affordable and supportive housing opportunities in Brooklyn and across the State, while creating vibrant neighborhoods and strong local economies. The Woodhull Residence will truly transform the lives of all 89 residents. I am proud to join our many public and private sector partners who combined their dedication and expertise to bring this development to fruition."
Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said, "Providing all New Yorkers with comfortable and safe housing that is energy efficient and lowers consumer energy bills remains a priority under Governor Cuomo's nation-leading clean energy and climate agenda. NYSERDA is proud to partner on this innovative project that will help support the community-based efforts of the Vital Brooklyn Initiative by offering a host of amenities and services for its residents."
Eric Enderlin, Acting Commissioner of New York City Housing Preservation and Development said, "Woodhull Residence not only creates a lasting asset for this community, it creates a path to stable, affordable housing for medical patients in need. I want to thank New York City Health + Hospitals for their vision in dedicating this site for affordable housing, and Comunilife, New York State HCR, and all our development partners for their commitment to serving some of our city's most vulnerable residents."
Dr. Rosa Gil, Comunilife President & CEO said, "We believe that no one should be with the housing and support they need to lead a healthy and meaningful life. Our new 89-unit Woodhull Residence for 54 New Yorkers living with special needs and 35 low-income residents is the embodiment of this vision. Our goal is to work with the State, City and our development partners to develop additional apartments for people most in need."
Gregory Calliste, Executive Director of Woodhull Hospital said, "Housing is critical for one's stability, and this project will help 89 residents and their families in achieving stability, security and independence. Thanks you to all who made this possible."
Senator Julie Salazar said, "I am glad that the NYS Homes & Community Renewal and Woodhull Hospital were able to facilitate the construction of supportive homes for rent-burdened New Yorkers. I hope to work with the governor and my colleagues in the legislature to quickly create statewide legislation to address the underpinning causes of homelessness and housing insecurity."
Assemblymember Tremaine Wright said, "Congratulations! The Woodhull Residence at 179 Throop Avenue is a model project for collaborative work. Thank you to NYC Health & Hospitals, Woodhull Hospital, Community Board 3, Comunlife and all of our City and State elected officials that supported this development. Upon identifying a hospital need, the planners embraced this as an opportunity to create a solution that speaks to the needs and desires of the entire community. The Woodhull Residence is a testament to the solutions we can achieve when we aspire for healthy and complete communities."
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said, "The affordable housing crisis facing Brooklyn demands an all-in approach, a commitment from the public, private, and non-profit sectors alike to create and preserve truly affordable units for our neighbors. The Woodhull Residence will be more than just a collection of new assets in our fight against this crisis; it will provide safe, supportive homes to dozens of New Yorkers in need."
City Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr. said, "For many years there has been a glaring need for more and better options for supportive housing here in New York City. I am grateful this new facility will serve those in our community most in need of support services and least equipped to access them. I thank Comunilife and Woodhull for their continued commitment to making central Brooklyn a great place to live for all people, and look forward to the many Brooklynites this facility will very ably serve in the years to come."