Groups break ground on affordable and supportive housing in the Bronx

Cyril Josh Barker | 3/2/2017, 11:05 a.m.
New York State Homes and Community Renewal, the New York State Office of Mental Health, the New York City Department ...
The Bronx. Photo by Karl Crutchfield

New York State Homes and Community Renewal, the New York State Office of Mental Health, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and Community Access recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $52.2 million affordable and supportive housing complex being built at 111 E. 172nd St. in the Mount Eden neighborhood of the Bronx.

Community Access and its partners are addressing priority housing needs for low-income New Yorkers, the formerly homeless and other vulnerable populations. The 126-unit building incorporates active design and health amenities, including a community kitchen, outdoor exercise equipment and an urban garden space to improve health outcomes of tenants.

Sixty units will be set aside for high-need Medicaid recipients with mental health concerns, and the remaining 65 units will be for low-income families.

Community Access expands opportunities for people living with mental health concerns to recover from trauma and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy and healing-focused services.