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HCR, Office of Mental Health, Westhab and Partners Dedicate Gouverneur Place Apartments

HCR, Office of Mental Health,Westhab and Partners Dedicate Gouverneur Place Apartments;68 Units
Of Affordable, and Supportive Housing, in Morrisania Community of The Bronx

(April 20, 2017) New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) joined the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), Westhab, Inc., affordable housing advocates, community leaders and investment partners to dedicate Gouverneur Place Apartments, a 68-unit affordable housing development in the Bronx that integrates high-quality affordable housing with supportive services for persons recovering from mental illness.

The newly constructed, seven-story, $20.7 million development is located at 450 Gouverneur Place, in the Morrisania community. Developed by Westhab, Inc., the large non-profit provider of affordable and supportive housing, it will manage the property and provide supportive services. OMH awarded $11.7 million in capital funds through bonds issued by the Dormitory Authority of New York (DASNY) and is providing subsidies to support operating and supportive services costs and debt service on the bonds. HCR provided Low Income Housing Tax credits which leveraged $7.8 million of low income housing tax credit equity.

 HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, “We are proud to combine our expertise and resources with those of our public and private sector partners to advance Governor Cuomo’s ambitious housing plan. Gouverneur Place Apartments provides new, safe and decent housing that not only enables people to live independently, with available support, it is affordable to persons of modest means. This development will change the lives of residents, as it strengthens the broader Morrisania community.”

If comments by two residents at the festive ribbon-cutting are any indication, lives already are changing for the better. To protect their privacy, names have been withheld.

She said, “I lived in a women’s shelter for two years and had nowhere to turn.  I moved here three days before Christmas. Thank you for bringing hope back into my life.”

He said, “I am very glad not to be living in an abandoned building on the top floor. I don’t understand how things got so misplaced in my life, but the team here helped straighten it out.”