The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced the groundbreaking of a $58.8 million project that will provide permanent supportive and affordable housing for homeless families and individuals in the Bronx. A total of 118 units will be created for Bedford Green House, 71 of which will include supportive services.
“We are proud to be contributing $6.2 million through our Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP),” said Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts. “Projects like this highlight Governor Cuomo’s ongoing commitment to increase the number of affordable and supportive housing units available in New York City and throughout the state.”
Bedford Green House is sponsored by Project Renewal, which has developed and operated more than 1,000 units of permanent supportive housing, transitional housing and shelter housing in New York City.
“We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for helping to fund Bedford Green House,” said Project Renewal President and CEO Mitchell Netburn. “Throughout our 50-year history, Project Renewal has provided innovative programs to help New Yorkers in need. We will continue to do that at Bedford Green House with high-quality affordable and supportive housing, comprehensive services, and cutting-edge features like aquaponics to ensure that residents can lead healthy, stable lives.”
“Increasing affordable and supportive housing is pivotal to New York State’s effort to fight homelessness,” said Fran Barrett, Co-Chair of Governor Cuomo’s Interagency Council on Homelessness. “New York State understands the needs of its citizens and is committed to meeting those needs. On behalf of Governor Cuomo, I commend Project Renewal, Bank of America, TD Bank and our government partners on breaking ground on this important model project.”
Bedford Green House will include supportive services such as mental health and substance abuse services, nutritional counseling, occupational therapy, family planning, parenting skills and legal services. The project will serve as a new focal point in the Bedford Park community for healthy living, vertical farming, healthy eating, active design and community healthcare.
The building will feature a rooftop community garden for horticultural therapy and local food production. A four-season greenhouse will allow residents to enjoy sunlight, fresh air and exercise year-round. The greenhouse will also house a demonstration kitchen where professional chefs from Project Renewal's Culinary Arts Training Program will teach community members how to prepare healthy meals using produce grown on-site at the vertical farm.
Along with the HHAP award, funding for the $58.8 million project includes $33.9 million from New York City Housing Development Corporation, $8.5 million from New York City Housing and Preservation Development, $4.3 million from Bank of America as well as $250,000 from Deutsche Bank and $100,000 from TD Bank.
This was one of three housing projects in the Bronx that Governor Cuomo announced funding for back in February. Along with federal funding, a total of $14.4 million will help create 319 units in the Bronx, including 142 supportive housing units for homeless families and individuals. These projects are part of Governor Cuomo’s $20 billion Homelessness and Affordable Housing Action Plan, which includes $10 billion dedicated to preserving 100,000 units of affordable housing and $10 billion toward tackling homelessness by developing 6,000 new, permanent supportive housing units. HHAP is a key part of the Governor’s plan.