Organization Name: Community Partners Commission Association, Inc.
Project Title: Coretta Scott-King Senior Housing
Project Location: East New York, Brooklyn
The project goal was creating senior housing in the East New York section of Brooklyn. During a development boom in East New York from 2006 to 2010, many long term residents were displaced; developers were building housing that was beyond their means (demolishing tenements to create 1- and 2-family homes). CPCA, Inc. was asked by community seniors to assess a City-owned property, not used for 40 years, to create senior housing in ENY Brooklyn. The goal of creating the CSK Senior Housing was not achieved for 9 years. The goal was finally meet through organization collaborations and multiple funding sources (HUD, HPD, the City Council and Brooklyn Borough President). Coretta Scott-King Senior Housing construction began in 2013. On October 22, 2015, Coretta Scott-King Senior Housing became the new home of some former East New York Seniors and the new neighborhood of seniors who have their first opportunity for affordable housing.
The Coretta Scott-King Senior Housing (CSK Senior Housing) was awarded a HUD Senior 202 grant in 2007 (phased out HUD program). Throughout the 9 years, multiple funding sources were required: $117,100 HUD Planning Grant; $3.3 million in HPD HOME funds; $1.2 million from the Brooklyn Borough Pres. and $1.5 million dollars from NYC Council Brooklyn Delegation. CPCA, Inc. is the lead developer along with RBSCC, Inc; they are joint owners of East New York Brooklyn’s newest senior housing. CSK Senior Housing has 51 units: 46 one-bedrooms and 4 studio apts. and a two-bedroom super’s apt. The amenities include: laundry room, 3 multi-use rooms, exterior seating, 2 elevators, 24 hour security, audio/visual intercom system and ADA compliance. The CSK Senior Housing was built on 23,500 sq. ft. of formerly City-owned land, vacant for more than 40 years. The land was conveyed to CPCA, Inc. for $1 per tax lot. The Coretta Scott-King Senior Housing opened on October 22, 2015.
The construction of the Coretta Scott-King Senior Housing has invigorated the community with new senior housing from where once seniors had been displaced. Also, the complete renovation of a City-owned lot (an illegal dumping site for 40 years) which is now a beautiful building with tree lined, lighted streets. On October 22, 2015, after a 9 year journey to fruition, the Coretta Scott-King Senior Housing is now open. The 51 units of affordable housing and life enhancing amenities have brought new life and a sense of safety to the tenants and the East New York neighborhood. Neighbors and new tenants alike are excited about the construction and community space in and around the building. It has been said that 51 units of senior housing is just a drop in the bucket to the extreme need. The first drop in a bucket makes a very loud sound; Coretta Scott-King Senior Housing is like the first drop in a bucket and the community hopes this is just the beginning.
Community Partners Commission Association, Inc. (CPCA, Inc.) was founded in 1996 by Dedra Wade (retired Chief of NYC Dept. of Probation) and in 2004, was established as a not-for-profit resource center in East New York, Brooklyn. The primary mission of the organization was living up to the motto "Creating Partnerships to Enrich Lives and Community." CPCA, Inc. provides a variety of education and housing initiatives, job training, and social services. In 2006, the organization was called upon to pursue an affordable housing agenda for senior citizens in the East New York area. That endeavor resulted in Coretta Scott-King Senior Housing which is CPCA's first affordable housing project conducted in collaboration with the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen Council. After nearly ten years and a multitude of financial and organizational challenges, Coretta Scott-King Senior Housing opened on October 22, 2015.