Event Press | April 9, 2019

NYC’s Catholic Church officially opens low-income housing in the Bronx, built on church land, overseen by Catholic Charities

 

 

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NYC’s Catholic Church officially opens low-income housing in the Bronx, built on church land, overseen by Catholic Charities
By Kerry Burke and Toni Reinhold, New York Daily News

 

He worked two jobs and still couldn’t afford a New York City apartment, so for six years James Jennings lived in his car.

 

Not anymore. Jennings now resides at St. Augustine Terrace at Fulton Ave. and 167th St. in the Bronx, a 112-unit apartment house for low-income families developed by the Catholic Church on property it owns.

 

On Monday, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, and the city’s first lady Chirlane McCray, officially opened the building where a church once stood.

 

St. Augustine Terrace, which opened to tenants in November, is part of a plan by Catholic Homes New York, the affordable housing unit of Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of New York, to develop 2,000 affordable units over the next 10 years. The Archdiocese is reviewing other Church properties with an eye on affordable housing.

 

Tenants at St. Augustine need to earn 60% or less of the area’s median income (AMI), said Catholic Charities spokeswoman Maya Bronstein. Continue reading…