FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2018
The Doe Fund Receives Grants to Operate Three Supportive
Housing Projects in The Bronx
The Doe Fund receives $5.8 million in operating grants from New York
State’s Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) for 504 units
in three projects in The Bronx.
New York, NY — The Doe Fund announced today it has received three grants from New York State, totaling $5.8 million, to operate three supportive housing projects in The Bronx.
The grants were awarded through New York State’s Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) and are part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $20 billion, five-year commitment to build and preserve affordable housing in New York. The 2018 ESSHI awards provide support services and operating funding for at least 1,200 units per year of supportive housing.
The three residences are located on Westchester Avenue, Jerome Avenue, and White Plains Road. The projects will serve formerly homeless individuals, individuals with preexisting conditions, and low-income families. The grants will fund supportive services to help residents maintain their housing, improve and maintain their health, and achieve maximum levels of independence.
The state grants awarded to The Doe Fund included:
- $3.8 million for Jerome Avenue (1331 Jerome Ave., Bronx, NY 10452), a 14-story building with 255 units, including 153 ESSHI units for both individuals and families. The project is expected to open to residents in March 2021.
- $1.2 million for White Plains Road (4519 White Plains Rd., Bronx, NY 10470), a nine-story building with 98 units, including 49 ESSHI units targeting individuals. The project is expected to open to residents in June 2021.
- $775K for Westchester Avenue (980 Westchester Ave., Bronx, NY 10459), a seven-story building with 151 units, including 31 ESSHI units for individuals. The project is expected to open to residents June 2021.
Each of the projects includes additional units (that are not funded by ESSHI) targeting low-income households. Each of the buildings, which will be managed by The Doe Fund, will have on-site amenities that include 24-hour security, live-in building superintendent, energy efficient building systems and appliances, a laundry room, community rooms, private rear gardens, and on-site social services.
“We are committed to ensuring that New York’s most vulnerable communities have access to safe, clean, and affordable housing,” said George McDonald, Founder and President of The Doe Fund. “We are thrilled about this funding partnership, which will allow us to provide a stable home and supportive services to over 500 households.”
The Doe Fund has a long history of providing transitional, supportive, and affordable housing for underserved populations in New York City. In 2018, The Doe Fund is on track to dramatically expand its network of permanent affordable and supportive housing facilities serving our target populations by opening two developments. The first, “Webster Green,” will bring 82 units of affordable housing to the Bedford Park neighborhood of The Bronx. In addition, Rogers Ave will bring 132 units of affordable housing to Flatbush, Brooklyn.
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About The Doe Fund: The Doe Fund provides housing, paid work opportunities, and supportive services to over 22,000 formerly homeless and incarcerated men in New York City. Its programs are proven to reduce recidivism, improve the quality of life in city neighborhoods, and foster permanent economic independence among its clients. For more, visit doe.org.