Housing and Services, Inc to Open Latest Permanent Supportive Housing Solution, Building on 35 Year History of Success

May 19, 2022 Special from HSI
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Housing and Services, Inc. (www.HSI-NY.org) – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide innovative solutions for homeless and housing insecure New Yorkers through the development and management of permanent supportive housing – will host community leaders, elected officials and other stakeholders at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of their latest development in the Bronx.

The Bedford is a 13-story, 108-unit building that will offer a mix of affordable, permanent supportive, senior (AIRS) and low-income family housing with 68 studios, 21 one-bedroom and 19 two-bedroom apartments. This time-tested mix has proven to be the most cost-effective and compassionate model to end chronic homelessness and to provide truly affordable housing to low-income households. The Bedford comes at a critical time for New York City, and presents a modern and scalable solution that should be replicated across the five-boroughs.

Located 100 feet from the subway, The Bedford offers resident amenities that include a community room, computer learning center, family recreation space, laundry room, bike room, a landscaped rear yard and roof terrace providing two large outdoor areas for the multi-generational residents to enjoy together. The development also includes office space for HSI social services, 24/7 security, and onsite maintenance team.

The health of residents is a vital component of this project that is designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Sustainability measures include a photovoltaic array, ultra-high-efficiency, all-electric, HVAC systems, high-efficiency domestic hot-water system, energy recovery units for ventilation systems, high-efficiency UPVC windows, motion/daylight sensored LED lighting, Energy-Star appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, computerized Building Management System, and two non-accessible green roofs.

This state-of-the-art housing for special needs and community tenants would not be possible without the generosity of public and private funders, including NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), Hudson Housing Capital, Webster/Sterling Bank, HSBC Bank, NYC Human Resources Administration, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“We are thrilled to be continuing our fight for housing justice for all New Yorkers. HSI is a pioneer in supportive housing, having opened our first project over 35 years ago,” remarked HSI’s Executive Director Jim Dill. “Through this expertly designed building, we are answering the city’s housing crisis twofold. One, by providing those without a home a fresh start, and two by ensuring low and moderate-income families have access to the very highest quality housing available with support, should they ever need it.”

This is one of several projects HSI has developed in an effort to end chronic homelessness and increase NYC’s affordable housing stock. The Bedford represents what supportive and affordable housing can and should be – resilient, beautiful, and eco-friendly – a community that supports and inspires its residents, the neighborhood, and our city,” Molly Mattimore, HSI’s Deputy Executive Director added.

HSI will be hosting press, local officials and community leaders to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Bedford on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 211 East 203rd Street, Bronx NY 10458. HSI and Co-developers Robert Sanborn Development (RSD) teamed up with award winning architects Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) to build this transformative project located in Bedford Park.

The ceremony will be held in the rear yard and building tours will be provided immediately following the celebration. The newly constructed building will be home to 66 formerly homeless individuals and 41 low to moderate-income households, including community referrals. Representatives from HSI, elected officials and community leaders will be on hand to give remarks and answer questions.

Please visit www.HSI-NY.org for more information.

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