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Catholic Charities Officially Opens St. Augustine Terrace Housing

by John-Mark de Palma

With the ringing of a church bell and the sprinkling of holy water, the newest model for affordable housing in New York City -- St. Augustine Terrace -- opened to fanfare and prayer Monday afternoon. On hand were Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Catholic Charities of New York Executive Director, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, and NYC’s First Lady Chirlane McCray. Built on the site of the former St. Augustine Church in the Bronx, the environmentally friendly LEED certified building contains 112-affordable units for low-income families. Adults with emotional and physical needs occupy 35 of these units, where they will receive support services from Catholic Charities’ Beacon of Hope program.

St. Augustine Terrace, which began accepting residents in November, is part of a larger initiative of the Archdiocese of New York and Catholic Charities of New York to upcycle underutilized church properties into affordable housing units throughout the city. In the next 10 years it is expected that 2,000 affordable units will be created. Locations under development include Second Farms in the Bronx, Christopher Court in the Bronx, Grand Street Guild in Manhattan, St. Phillip Neri in the Bronx, and St. Vincent de Paul Senior Center in the Bronx.

“Today, the Catholic Church of New York City is taking the lead in ensuring that low-income New Yorkers have access to well-built, well-maintained housing, along with the services to help those with the greatest needs,” said Monsignor Sullivan, “Housing is a basic human right.”

Rebekah, a resident of St. Augustine Terrace, had this to say, “Just knowing that when I’m at work and my daughter comes home from school that she will have some type of security around her, makes me feel 100% safer.”

Stressing the importance of supporting those with emotional challenges, First Lady Chirlane McCray said that St. Augustine Terrace, “means stability and freedom that comes with living independently [while] surrounded by the support they need to stay healthy.”

Currently Catholic Charities, a leader in the push for affordable housing, oversees 2,336 units in New York City and Yonkers. The dedication of St. Augustine Terrace also marks the launch of the new website, Catholic Homes New York, a partnership between Catholic Charities New York, the Archdiocese of New York, and the New York Institute for Human Development.

View Images From The Dedication on Facebook.

Resource:

Catholic Homes New York | Catholic Charities Affordable Housing Website

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