New York City’s Housing Authority is set to hold a housing open house on Wednesday to gather information about new apartments and a new open house for tenants.
The New York Housing Authority, or NYCHA, announced on Sunday that it had approved a $1.5 billion expansion of 439 units at the historic Broadway and Eighth Avenue Manhattan Community Housing Center (BCHC) on Staten Island, along with 1,000 more units.
The building is owned by New York Communities for Change, an activist group led by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and is home to the United Nations-funded Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Famous).
The new housing units, which include one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom units, are being constructed to address the city’s growing homeless population, and the expansion of the community has been hailed as a victory for the area.
“New York City is an incredible city with a lot of great housing, but it needs to be accessible and affordable,” said New York Community Board 2 member Nanda Khalsa.
“A lot of the people that live in this area are in desperate need.”
The NYCHA opened up a new development site for a homeless shelter in April 2016.
The city’s Housing Preservation Authority has been working on a plan to build a 1,600-square-foot homeless shelter at the site of the BCHC for some time, with plans to open up more affordable units for people who live there.
The NYCHA plans to rent the space out for free to residents.