In collaboration with Barrier Free Living (BFL), a nonprofit organization in New York City dedicated to the provision of shelter and services for victims of domestic violence and their families, Alembic developed Barrier Free Living Apartments, BFL’s first permanent supportive housing development. The project consists of two buildings built on a vacant parcel of property acquired by Alembic in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. One building provides 50 apartments for families with a head of household who is a survivor of domestic violence. The second building offers 70 apartments to individuals with disabilities who are survivors of domestic violence, severely disabled women who are in a nursing home diversion program and women who are disabled veterans.
The project provides housing and on-site services for families and individuals earning at or below 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Units are filled through referrals from BFL, the NYC Department of Housing Services, Family Justice Centers in the city and other community-based domestic violence programs. The total development cost was $42.6 million. Financing included tax exempt bonds through the City’s Housing Development Corporation, Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity and Neighborhood Stabilization Plan funds from the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. In addition, the New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation provided $7 million in funds through its Homeless Housing and Assistance Program. SLCE Architects designed both buildings, and Mega Contracting acted as the general contractor. On-site amenities include a play and recreation area, computer room and a community room.