ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the groundbreaking of a $17 million housing development in Jamaica, Queens. The mixed-use housing development will feature 44 units and provide tenants with behavioral health concerns a number of supportive mental health services to promote independence and self-sufficiency. The development is expected to be completed by late 2018 and will be operated by Transitional Services for New York, Inc.
"Safe, affordable housing should be accessible to everyone, especially our most vulnerable, and with the addition of this new development, we are building on our efforts to ensure that all New Yorkers have a place to call home," said Governor Cuomo. "This project will provide men and women access to the services they need to lead a healthy, stable life, while supporting brighter, more sustainable communities in Queens for years to come."
The seven-story apartment building, located at 88-45 163rd Street, will be fully handicapped accessible. The building will feature 33 supportive housing units for men and women with serious mental illness, and 11 affordable housing units for low-income individuals or families who qualify.
The first floor of the building will include a kitchen, dining area, laundry facilities and meeting space available for tenant use. The first floor will also feature high ceilings and wide corridors to provide a welcoming environment and space for interaction between tenants and visitors.
To support this project, the New York State Office of Mental Health provided $10.3 million in interest-free construction financing and debt service, as well as a one-time Program Development Grant of $146,000 for start-up costs including equipment, furnishings, and staffing. New York State Homes and Community Renewal will also support the project with $6.5 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.
Transitional Services for New York, Inc., will offer a wide range of programs and services at the facility, designed to support tenants’ recovery and develop their daily living skills, including assistance with dealing with substance abuse, budgeting, housekeeping, cooking, building support networks, educational and vocational training, and managing personal healthcare needs. Construction of the 88-45 163rd Street housing development is expected to be completed by late 2018.
SOURCE: Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo