NYCHA Offers Praise for Melrose Commons, Site C Veterans Building
“The men and women who valiantly protected our nation abroad should never be left without a home.”
-Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The NYCHA Journal
CONSTRUCTION STARTED THIS summer on the Melrose Commons Supportive Housing development in the Bronx, which will provide homes to 58 formerly homeless adults with special needs. Residents will be selected from NYCHA’s waitlist, with preference given for veterans. The apartments will be available to those earning up to $31,750 a year; because the apartments will be subsidized by project-based Section 8 funding from NYCHA, residents will pay no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. In addition to environmentally friendly elements like a green roof, solar panels, and solar shades (which reduce cooling costs in the summer), the building will feature a community room with kitchen, computer lab, laundry room, outdoor recreational space, and 24/7 front desk coverage. On-site supportive services for residents will be funded by the City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The building, which is being developed by the nonprofit organization The Bridge, is expected to be completed by the spring of 2018. Financing for the $25 million project came primarily from the City and the State, as well as settlements from landlords who abused tax incentive programs, per investigations by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “The men and women who valiantly protected our nation abroad should never be left without a home,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Thanks to the good work of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s ongoing investigations into bad-actor landlords who’ve gamed the system, we’re investing recouped funds from fraudsters and cheats back into affordable housing for the most deserving among us. That’s something to be proud of.”