Bishop Sullivan Residence


Completed July 2012
New Construction, Affordable, Supportive
Providence House
C&A Construction
22 apartments, social services
Providence House
$8.2 million
Alphonse Diaz


Providence House was founded in 1979 by four Sisters of St. Joseph with the mission of housing and serving homeless women and formerly incarcerated women and their children. It operates housing residences in Brooklyn, Queens and Lower Westchester County and has to date served more than 13,000 women and children through its programs.

Scope of Work

Alembic Community Development worked with Providence House as an equal partner in the development of the Bishop Sullivan Residence, building on the successful experience of a prior collaboration that created a 46-unit permanent supportive housing residence in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the D’Addario Residence. Alembic’s work for the Bishop Sullivan Residence, on Lincoln Road in the Prospect-Lefferts Garden neighborhood of Brooklyn, included: preparation and submission of applications for financing to government agencies and foundations; completion of development and operating proformas; coordination of all predevelopment work including: environmental assessments; schematic design and construction document development; identification and selection of members of the development team; and project management.

The Sullivan Residence provides permanent housing facility for 22 formerly homeless women. It consists of 20 studios and two two-bedroom apartments, all affordable for households earning 60% of Area Median Income or less. Seventeen of the studios are set aside for NY/NY III-eligible homeless single adults who have special needs. The remaining units are for income qualified community residents. Financing for the Bishop Sullivan Residence was provided through the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development Supportive Housing Loan Program, federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Richman Housing Resources and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. Providence House provides on-site support services funded through the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The project, designed by architect Alfonse Diaz, was built by C&A General Contracting Corp.


  • The creation of 22 units of affordable housing for low-income, formerly homeless individuals.
  • The enhanced capacity of Providence House staff through the delivery of technical assistance and training.
  • The improvement of a Brooklyn neighborhood by developing housing on vacant, blighted lot.