East 118th Street


Completed June 2009
New Construction, Affordable, Mixed-Use
Foxy Management, Friendly Hands Ministries
Artec Construction
76 apartments, community facility
Foxy Management, Friendly Hands Ministries
$21.9 million
SLCE Architects


Since its inception in 1992, Friendly Hands Ministry has grown into a robust network of more than 30 churches in East Harlem and the Bronx which operate soup kitchens, food pantries, affordable housing, and healthcare management, and provide services to thousands of community residents each year.

Scope of Work

Alembic Community Development helped Friendly Hands Ministry by developing Friendly Hands Apartments, a 76-unit affordable housing property on 118th Street in East Harlem.

The apartments provide housing for the elderly and for low-income families earning less than 60% of Area Median Income (AMI). In addition, Friendly Hands Ministry provides meals, recreation, education and entitlements counseling programs for seniors in the 3,700 square feet of community space on the ground floor.


  • Creation of 76 units of affordable housing for families and the elderly of East Harlem.
  • Provision of extra program space for Friendly Hands Ministry, strengthening the organization and increasing its ability to carry out its community service mission.