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Mayor De Blasio Announces Repairs to 62,000 NYCHA Apartments

Posted on November 20, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Gives Shout Out to Catholic Charities NY

St. Augustine Housing 

At the Betances Houses in the South Bronx, one of numerous public and public/private housing projects now receiving social service support from Catholic Charities NY, Mayor Bill de Blasio made his momentous announcement yesterday to repair 62,000 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) subsidized apartments through new public/private partnerships. Some of Catholic Charities’ other innovative housing initiatives include the sparkling new St. Augustine 111-unit affordable housing units in the South Bronx, one-third of which have been set aside for people struggling with mental health issues served by Catholic Charities Beacon of Hope, and the Holy Rosary Stabilization Program in East Harlem that provides homes for the very hard-to-house street homeless.

Similar to fellow NYCHA public housing units infamous for disrepair and danger, the 1,088 Betances Houses apartment complex was officially converted to Section 8 housing last Friday. The aim, Mayor De Blasio said, was to ensure they remain permanently affordable while contracting with private managers to provide improved ongoing services and maintenance.

Catholic Charities NY partnered with Wavecrest Management and MDG Developers to create a collaborative approach to the revitalization of the Betances Houses.  MDG Design + Construction will refurbish the apartments and Wavecrest Management will serve as the new on-site property management.

Meanwhile, Catholic Charities will focus on improving the overall wellbeing of community and residents.  Specifically, a Catholic Charities community liaison will work onsite with residents.  The ultimate goal is to break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness, helping residents access needed services and identify opportunities to work toward the goal of self-sufficiency.

Catholic Charities also hosted a pre-Thanksgiving celebration with some of the new residents moving into St. Augustine Family Housing, a 12-story affordable housing complex still scented by freshly sanded wood floors and freshly painted walls. 

The project, similar to the Holy Rosary Stabilization Program, is part a commitment by Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of New York to build 1,000 units of affordable over the next 10 years, providing not only housing but the social service support those living there need to move towards independence. 

“These partnerships are one of our best-proven tools,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We look forward to working with officials, residents and advocates on this and other new strategies to make a concrete difference.”

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