By Eric Klein
A $30 million affordable and supportive housing development in Bedford Park has been completed, state officials said last week, creating 82 new apartments for low-income households, families at risk of homelessness, and adults with disabilities.
The Webster Green development consists of a single, eight-story building with a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, officials said. Half of the apartments are affordable to households earning at or below 60 percent of the local median income, with a preference for households who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, according to the state. The remaining apartments are for adults with disabilities in need of supportive services, officials said.
The building has dedicated space for supportive services and case management provided by The Doe Fund, according to the state.
“This new development furthers our efforts to build and protect affordable housing across every neighborhood of the Bronx and throughout New York State,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a prepared statement. “Webster Green will provide vulnerable Bronx residents with a safe place to call home, while offering the support and community services that they need to thrive.”
Cuomo’s office said Webster Green is part of the governor’s $20 billion, five-year plan to address statewide housing issues. The plan includes initiatives to make housing more accessible and combat homelessness by building or preserving more than 100,000 affordable homes and 6,000 homes with supportive services, officials said.
Since 2011, New York State Homes and Community Renewal has invested more than $10 billion in the New York City region that has created or preserved affordable housing for more than 100,000 residents, including 14,600 apartments for over 37,000 people in the Bronx, according to data provided by the state.