Homeward Central Harlem Provides 50 Homes for Young Adults in an LGBTQIA+-Affirming Environment with Supportive Services from Homeward NYC
Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams today announced that construction is now complete on a 50-unit LGBTQIA+-affirming supportive housing development for formerly homeless young adults. Homeward Central Harlem builds upon the Governor’s commitment to serve and protect LGBTQIA+ New Yorkers and to invest in their right to fair and quality housing that meets their needs.
“With 50 units of supportive housing and comprehensive counseling, case management, and community resources located right on-site, Homeward Central Harlem is a testament to New York’s ongoing commitment to supporting our LGBTQIA+ community,” Governor Hochul said. “Homelessness, housing insecurity, and discrimination are still a reality for far too many LGBTQIA+ individuals in our state, but through transformative investments in housing and wraparound services and collaboration with partners like Mayor Adams and Homeward NYC, my administration will continue working to uplift this community and ensure that LGBTQIA+ New Yorkers of all ages can access safe, secure housing with the resources they need to thrive.”
“The new Homeward Central Harlem development sends a clear message that we will always work to ensure our LGBTQ+ families are safe and supported,” said New York City Mayor Adams. “As the home of Stonewall and the birthplace of the LGBTQIA+ rights movement, New York City has an obligation to provide robust community investments for this community, and this new development will deliver 50 units for youth in an LGBTQIA+-affirming environment. Thank you to all the city and state agencies, and community partners, who worked on this important initiative. Our administration will continue to champion and support New Yorkers of every identity.”
In the last five years, Homes and Community Renewal has created or preserved 7,500 affordable homes in Manhattan. Homeward Central Harlem builds on this effort and complements Governor Hochul’s $25 billion comprehensive Housing Plan to create or preserve 100,000 affordable homes across New York, including 10,000 with support services for vulnerable populations, plus the electrification of an additional 50,000 homes.
The nine-story building offers 50 fully furnished studio apartments for adults aged 18 to 25 upon entry. Residents are referred by the NYC Department of Homeless Services, the Department of Youth and Community Development’s Runaway & Homeless Youth program, and the Administration for Children’s Services Foster Care. Housing is non-time limited, meaning residents do not age out on their 26th birthday.
Homeward NYC will provide on-site supportive services such as counseling, case management for residents to access financial and health care benefits, connections to community resources, group activities, and skills-building programs.
Residents will be provided with low-cost internet service. Located at 15 West 118th Street, the building will include energy efficient features for heating and cooling systems, lighting, and appliances.
Homeward Central Harlem was developed by Type A Projects and Azimuth Development Group.
State financing for the $22 million development included Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits that generated over $14 million in equity and $2.5 million in subsidy from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. Enterprise Community Partners provided $1.8 million in subsidy.
All 50 rental units will receive NYC 15/15 rental assistance through HPD. This project initially assumed Supportive Housing Loan Program (SHLP) subsidy. Residents will pay 30 percent of their monthly income as rent, and NYC 15/15 will cover the difference up to the payment standard.
NYC 15/15 rental assistance is provided through long-term contracts with owners of private apartments, under which HPD issues monthly rental assistance payments for apartments occupied by eligible households. Assisted households are responsible for paying approximately 30 percent of their adjusted incomes towards the rent. HRA and DOHMH provide the social service provider a contract to offer onsite social services to NYC 15/15 participant households.
HPD has provided a full 420-c tax exemption for the building.