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HCR Celebrates the Opening of The Rochester Avenue Apartments, a New 65-Unit Supportive Housing Project in Brooklyn

Concern For Independent Living Executive Director Ralph Fasano, (right) and Assistant Director Elizabeth Lunde (left) present Earnest Langhorne (center left) and Gregory Watson (center right), with a plaque thanking Homes and Community Renewal for its commitment to developing high quality supportive housing and making the Rochester Avenue Apartments a reality.
Concern For Independent Living Executive Director Ralph Fasano, (right) and Assistant Director Elizabeth Lunde (left) present Earnest Langhorne (center left) and Gregory Watson (center right), with a plaque thanking Homes and Community Renewal for its commitment to developing high quality supportive housing and making the Rochester Avenue Apartments a reality.

HCR's Assistant Commissioner for Regional Affairs, Greg Watson, participated in a ribbon cutting at Concern for Independent Living's new 65-unit supportive housing development in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The Rochester Avenue Apartments brings an innovative supportive housing development and more than a dozen new jobs to the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.

The project was made possible with support from NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), Richman Housing Resources, Astoria Federal Savings, the Borough of Brooklyn, New York City and Brooklyn Community Board 8.

Darryl C. Towns, Commissioner/CEO of New York State Homes and Community Renewal said, "Concern for Independent Living has illustrated the positive impact high-quality supportive housing can have on neighborhoods. Rochester Avenue Apartments will not only make it possible for formerly homeless people and people with disabilities to return to the place they call home, this development creates jobs and turns a distressed property into a beautiful asset. This is an example of what Governor Cuomo is committed to achieving by redesigning the way New York drives economic growth. As a Brooklyn native, I am proud that HCR played a part in a transformational development that will make Crown Heights a more vibrant place to live. I congratulate Concern and welcome the residents to their new home."

The development is located on the site of the former St. Mary's Hospital, which was closed in 2005 due to financial difficulties. The site became a neighborhood eyesore until it was purchased in 2008 and renovated by Concern for Independent Living for supportive housing.

Last Updated: 10/07/2011