From Councilmember Jackson’s press release:
Council Member Robert Jackson was joined by Assembly members Denny Farrell and Guillermo Linares as well as community leaders at a press conference on Friday October 28th, to celebrate and acknowledge Broadway Housing Communities (BHC)’s exemplary work in bringing affordable housing to the CB 9 and CB 12 community. In Fiscal Year’s 2011 and 2012, CM Jackson allocated $1 million each year to BHC’s Sugar Hill Project.
The new housing development will include 124 apartments with 70% of those to be set aside for those who are on the low income level of 50% of the “Area Medium Income” or below, which in NYC is less than$38,400 for a family of four. The remaining 30% of will be for extremely low income earners who earn only 30% of the AMI or below. A portion of the tenancy at the Sugar Hill Project will target families with individuals with special needs or transitioning out of homeless shelters. There will be support staff available to aid these individuals through many different hurdles in life from education to ensuring they stay out of the shelter system, to providing social and legal services.
Assemblyman Farrell applauded BHC for bringing much needed affordable housing to the community citing that current residents will have the opportunity to stay in their neighborhood and not feel pushed out by the gentrification trend. Assemblyman Linares referred to the organization as a visionary, with an Executive Director like Ellen Baxter who fought and championed much needed services for the working poor. He also thanked Councilman Jackson for stepping up and funding the project which helped spark additional support for the project.
Council Member Jackson concluded the press conference by commenting, “these programs will help to shape future generations in a positive way that will ultimately enrich the neighborhood and improve the overall quality of life for all those who live here”.