Organization Name: Lantern Community Services
Project Title: Savanna Hall
Project Location: Washington Heights/Inwood, Manhattan
Savanna Hall, located on 444-446 West 163rd Street, is a block and plank seven-story residential building with community space for social services and recreation. Savanna Hall has 73 units of permanent rental housing comprised of 72 studios and 1 one-bedroom apartment for the superintendent. Twenty-five studios are reserved for young adults aging out of residential treatment program and foster care and involved with the NY State Office of Mental Health. Twenty-five studios house homeless single adults living with severe and persistent mental illness, to the extent possible, residents of Community Board 12. The remaining 22 studios provide affordable housing to low-income single adults earning 60% of the Area Median Income. The site is located adjacent to the Lantern Group’s Audubon Hall, and is within walking distance of a retail area, restaurants, schools, Presbyterian Hospital, and several forms of public transportation. Building amenities include a rooftop garden, backyard community gardening area, community space, social service offices and a welcoming entryway.
Savanna Hall provides much-needed affordable housing to the Community Board 12 (CB 12) Washington Heights/Inwood neighborhood in Manhattan. The area is a high-poverty community with 20% of residents living on incomes below the federal poverty threshold. Facing unemployment, poor quality housing, a weak job market and an insufficient supply of affordable housing, CB 12 has continually called for an increased investment in low-income and affordable housing.
With proven results in health, employment, education and life skills, Lantern recognizes the importance of providing housing that is affordable, safe and of the highest quality. Savanna Hall, as with all of Lantern’s housing developments, provides a full complement of services both on-site and through referrals to the community. Staff are trained to provide tenants with the tools they need to work on their personal goals and engage with the larger community. In this way, Savanna Hall’s impact advances the efforts of community stakeholders to sustainably alleviate the inequities faced by the Washington Heights/Inwood community.
Lantern Community Services works to champion the independence and well-being of New Yorkers who have been impacted by, or threatened with, homelessness. Since its incorporation in 1997, Lantern has come to manage the development and operation of sixteen supportive housing projects located in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, as well as one shelter based in Queens. With proven results in health, employment, education and life skills, Lantern’s experienced social workers deliver our on-site and tenant-centered programs to over 2,000 people each year.
Sponsor: Lantern Organization
Service Provider: Lantern Community Services
Architect: Urban Architectural Initiative
Gen. Contractor: J. Pilla Group
Development Consultant: A. Larovere Consulting