FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 8. 2018
CONTACT: Matthew Creegan (HPD), 212-863-7879
Alex Bloom (Win), 646-930-1940
HPD JOINS WIN AND HARLEM LEADERS TO HELP MORE THAN 30 FAMILIES BREAK THE CYCLE OF HOMELESSNESS
A new $11.5 million residence in Harlem will provide supportive services for women and children, supporting Mayor de Blasio’s goal to add 15,000 supportive housing units across the city
New York — New York City Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres- Springer joined Win and Assemblywoman Inez Dickens to celebrate the opening of Win 118th Street, a new permanent supportive housing residence in Harlem today. The building provides 34 apartments for formerly homeless families with children and an array of onsite services to empower families with tools for finding stability, safety and greater independence. The $11.5 million new-construction is made possible through the city’s HPD Supportive Housing Loan Program. Win, formerly Women in Need, is New York City’s largest provider of shelter and supportive housing to homeless families and their children.
“As the City works on every front to tackle homelessness, the Mayor's accelerated and expanded Housing New York plan represents a key strategy to address the underlying housing crisis,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “Today we celebrate the opening of this newly renovated building, which provides all the security and opportunity of an affordable home, along with the stabilizing force of supportive services for 34 formerly homeless families. I want to thank WIN and all our partners and elected officials for working with us to help our city's most vulnerable residents get the support they need to thrive.”
“Women and children continue to be the forgotten face of New York City’s homelessness crisis,” said Christine C. Quinn, President and CEO of Win. “We are thrilled to welcome these new homes to 118th Street, which will provide a tremendous level of stability and independence for our families. Win is dedicated to providing these families the support they need to meet their long-term needs, and working with them to break the cycle of homelessness permanently.”
The 118th Street residence will be the first of hundreds of new supportive housing units for Win. Supportive housing delivers a variety of programming dedicated to helping families achieve stability. Families receive assistance with financial literacy skills, job training and workforce readiness, to education counseling and referrals to programs for medical and mental health needs.
The newly constructed 118th Street units support New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal of adding 15,000 units of supportive housing over the next 15 years. Funding for the $11.5 million new housing complex came primarily from city capital dollars through the HPD Supportive Housing Loan Program and from low income housing tax credit equity through the Richman Group.
Over 60,000 homeless people live in New York City, and children comprise the majority of this population. According to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 2013 evaluation, homeless people given supportive housing saved NYS taxpayers an average of $10,100 per person per year. The ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday was also attended by Community Board 10 District Manager Andrew Lassalle.
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York Plan which was recently expanded and accelerated through Housing New York 2.0 to complete the initial goal of 200,000 homes two years ahead of schedule—by 2022, and achieve an additional 100,000 homes over the following four years, for a total of 300,000 homes by 2026. For full details visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing.
Since 1983, Win has been transforming the lives of New York City’s homeless women and their children by providing a holistic solution of safe housing, critical services and programs they need to succeed on their own — so the women can regain their independence and their children can look forward to a brighter future. With more than 1,200 units of transitional housing providing shelter for more than 4,500 people every night, Win focuses on solutions for the many causes of homelessness by helping women improve their job skills, life skills, personal health and more. Win’s children’s services include childcare, after school programs, and Camp Win, a summer day camp program. Win also provides permanent supportive housing offering dedicated, long-term support to families with additional needs.