Dateline: June 29, 2011
On June 29th, Alembic Community Development and its development partner, Providence House, broke ground on a 46-unit supportive housing project on Kosciuszko Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn for women coming out of the criminal justice system and for other low-income community residents. The project, the Dâ€™Addario Residence, has been a long time coming. Sister Janet Kinney, the Executive Director of Providence House, and Alembic began work on the project in 2005. Despite entrenched community opposition, the project finally received the support of the local community board and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who joined Providence House, Alembic, other elected officials and community leaders and residents to celebrate the start of construction on the $12.7-million development project. Financing includes Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity and New York City capital funding.
The project, a new construction, six-story building will have 17 apartments set aside for low-income residents, with a priority given to residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant; the remaining units will house homeless ex-offenders and their families. All of the units will be available to households at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), equal to a maximum annual household income of $47,520 for a family of four. The development will also include 1,200 square feet of community space featuring a meeting room, exercise room and a learning center.
Providence House will provide on-site case management and life services to each resident as well as referrals to a spectrum of services in the community including employment and training programs, health and mental health services and childcare/after school programs. Providence House will connect tenants to recreational activities both inside and outside the building.
â€œI am so excited about this development,â€ Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said. â€œNot only will homeless women and families have a beautiful place to live, but they also will have a full set of services to help them succeed. Moreover, this development will transform a vacant and blighted lot into a community beacon. Providence House is to be congratulated for this, its first permanent supportive housing facility.â€