Mayor Bloomberg Celebrates the Opening of Dorothy Day Apartments

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Newsroom | February 6, 2003

On February 6, 2003, Mayor Michael Bloomberg; New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal Commissioner, Judith Calogero; New York City Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner, Jerilyn Perine; and representatives from many other groups gathered at 583 Riverside Drive in Manhattan for the opening of the Dorothy Day Apartment House.

The Dorothy Day Apartment House is a turn-of-the-century building in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. The building received HUD funding allowing the building to be converted into 70-units of permanent supportive housing for homeless and low-income families and single adults with special needs.

The apartment complex will offer supportive services, such as mental health counseling, foster care support services, entitlement assistance, educational linkages, employment training, and job placement referrals. In addition, the Dorothy Day Apartments will contain an on-site child day care center, providing services to children in need and allowing parents to pursue employment training and job opportunities. HUD plans to provide $1,257,600 in Section 8 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) rental assistance for sixteen (16) studio units for a period of eleven (11) years. Furthermore, HUD will provide a two-year Supportive Housing Program (SHP) grant in the amount of $453,600 to the Center for Urban Community Services to furnish supportive services to fifteen homeless families and five single homeless individuals.

Funding for this project has also been provided through the New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, through Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and sponsor equity, and by the New York City HPD Supportive Housing Loan Program.

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