All photos by Leo Sorel
The Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC), a longtime Trinity partner and one of New York City’s largest homeless housing and services providers, broke ground today on Landing Road Residence, a new building in the Bronx that will include a 200-bed shelter and 135 units of low-income housing. Trinity Wall Street provided a $1 million loan in support of the project.
“In deepening our partnership with BRC,” said the Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, Trinity's rector, “Trinity continues to strengthen our commitment to supporting low-income housing solutions across the New York area. We’re hopeful that this innovative program will have a long-term impact by serving as a model for productively addressing the problems of homelessness and lack of affordable housing in the city.”
Dr. Lupfer offered the invocation at the groundbreaking, which was attended by Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and other city officials.
The building site is located at 233 Landing Road and is expected to be completed by December 2017.
The development will be the first project created under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s HomeStretch program to finance construction of permanent housing and homeless shelters in the same location. The Landing Road shelter will provide case management, meals, psychiatric evaluation, housing placement, and employment counseling. BRC will run the shelter with funding from the NYC Department of Homeless Services.
The permanent housing portion of this development will be well within the financial reach of those exiting the shelter system, with affordable rent levels that will allow individuals earning as little as $10 an hour to pay only one-third of their monthly income towards rent. The housing will include 111 studios for very low-income single adults and 24 one- and two-bedroom units for low-income residents.
The project is financed by a combination of loans and bonds from nonprofit and government sources.
“Today we gather together to break ground on that which none of us alone could accomplish: a place for homeless men and women to find employment and pay rents they can afford,” said Muzzy Rosenblatt, BRC’s Executive Director. “Together, we are creating an innovative solution to the crisis of homelessness and the need for truly affordable housing, giving a hand up, not a handout, to homeless New Yorkers.”
Trinity has partnered with BRC since 2009 to help provide outreach services to the homeless in the downtown area.