UPPER EAST SIDE, NY —A supportive housing facility that will house 17 families experiencing homelessness on the Upper East Side opened Tuesday and residents are expected to move in during the fall.
Elected officials, community leaders and Women In Need, the nonprofit that will operate the supportive housing facility, celebrated the opening of the East 91st Street building with a ribbon cutting ceremony. WIN president and CEO Christine Quinn thanked the Upper East Side for being so supportive of the project at a time when neighborhoods around the city are rejecting new shelters.
"I'm thrilled for message we are sending across this city," Quinn said Tuesday. "It's priceless for families to know they are welcome in this neighborhood and that they will be part of this neighborhood."
The seven-story facility will house 17 families made up of mothers and their children and will provide services such as to help place mothers in good jobs and children in a steady school environment, Quinn said.
"The opening of this facility is a critical step forward for 17 families in fight to find good quality, stable housing and it's a step forward for our city embracing supportive housing as an option that will prevent people from returning to shelter," Quinn said Tuesday.
The families living in the supporting housing development will rent the units for market-rate prices, but will receive rent assistance from WIN. WIN houses nearly 5,000 families per night, and more than half of its clients are children, Quinn said Tuesday.
Developers RiverOak and Azimuth built the seven-story facility on East 91st Street between First and Second avenues. The developers were the ones to reach out to WIN to offer the site for supportive housing. In addition to 17 one- and two-bedroom apartments for the families, the development includes a 7,000-square-foot Sunshine Early Learning Center.
Local elected officials such as Congressmember Carolyn Malony, City Councilmember Ben Kallos, State Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright and State Senator Liz Kreuger attended Tuesday's ribbon cutting to voice support for the supportive housing facility.