HPD Commissioner Maria Torres- Springer and Assemblywoman Inez Dickens joined Win in opening the new Win 118th Street permanent supportive housing residence in Harlem today.The building provides 34 apartments for formerly homeless families with children. Supportive housing is widely seen as the solution to family homelessness. Win’s 118th Street building will offer 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.
“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.”
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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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Win also provides permanent supportive housing offering dedicated, long-term support to families with additional needs.