“Far too often seniors find themselves choosing between safe and stable housing and other necessities as they struggle to keep pace with the rising costs of living. Together with NYCHA www.nyc.gov/nycha  and the Sisters of Charity we are adding to the terrific housing opportunities we have created with the newly completed Markham Gardens. This new development will contribute dramatically to this growing neighborhood by providing housing that allows our seniors to age in place gracefully in a development with supportive services they deserve”  said HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua. “Today we are here to celebrate the beginning of a process that takes an underused piece of land, and transforms it into safe, secure, affordable homes for our senior citizens”

The new five-story development will provide 79 affordable housing units for the elderly and one unit for the building superintendent, The 61,000 square foot building will also include a landscaped rear yard, a community room for social and recreational activities, an outdoor recreational area, a computer and library room, an arts and crafts area, an onsite laundry, and surface parking lots containing 28 parking spaces.

In order to apply for residency at Markham Gardens Manor, seniors must be 62 or older at the time of their application and have income of $28,650 or less for one person and $32,750 or less for a couple.  Those selected will pay 30 percent of their adjusted income for the housing.  The remainder of the needed operating revenue will be provided by HUD through a Project Rental Assistance Contract.

The building is expected to be completed in October, 2012.  Applications will be made available six months prior to that and residents will be selected based on a lottery system. A total of 19 units have been reserved for eligible NYCHA residents 62 years or older. Preference will be given to seniors living at West Brighton I, the closest development to the project site, and then to eligible residents living in other non-senior NYCHA projects, particularly those who are occupying larger apartments than needed.

About the Sisters of Charity Housing Development Corporation

The Sisters of Charity Housing Development Corporation, an affiliate of Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul of New York, is a community-based non-profit organization committed to the development and management of affordable housing throughout New York City since 1986. The Developer’s portfolio includes over 450 units in operation and an additional 200 units under development. In Staten Island, the Developer has developed and currently operates five affordable senior housing buildings with 371 units, including: St. Vincent’s Manor, Joseph House, Saint Elizabeth’s Manor, Sister Louise DeMarillac Manor in Stapleton and Sister Elizabeth Boyle Manor.

See also http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2011/11/milestone_reached_in_construct.html

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