Organization Name: Alembic Community Development and Services for the UnderServed
Project Title: The Henry Apartments
Project Location: Ocean Hill, Brooklyn
The goal of The Henry Apartments is to create 134 units of permanent affordable housing—including 78 units for individuals with a history of mental illness—as well as introduce new commercial opportunities for business owners and residents. On site social services and resident programming will be provided by Services for the UnderServed. In addition to housing and services, the projects will also introduce approximately 7,000 square feet of new commercial space, bringing in new businesses and consumer opportunities for the neighborhood.
The Henry Apartments is a joint effort of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, NYC Housing Development Corporation, Alembic Community Development and Services for the UnderServed (SUS). The two six-story buildings, designed by Peter L. Woll and Alphonse Diaz and built by Mega Contracting, provide 134 units of affordable and supportive housing, supportive service space, and ground floor retail space. Amenities include laundry facilities, elevators, computer rooms, bicycle parking, landscaped outdoor recreation space, and urban farming. All units are affordable to very low- and low-income individuals and families, with 78 units reserved for formerly homeless individuals. SUS provides on-site supportive services that include individualized case management and personalized recovery programs. Daily life skills training, employment training and job placement services, and structured social and recreation activities are also offered to the residents.
The Henry Apartments will strengthen the community through commercial and residential development by transforming four vacant and underused lots at the intersection of Broadway and Decatur into permanent housing for individuals and working families. This housing, along with commercial space, will turn a presently underdeveloped intersection into a productive commercial and residential hub. In addition to the introduction of more stable, affordable housing, the neighborhood will enjoy benefits from resident participation in the local economy year after year. The improvement of this commercial corridor will create additional jobs, bring additional revenue to local government, and improve the economic conditions of the neighborhood and its residents.
Alembic Community Development invests in long-term partnerships in underserved neighborhoods through real estate development, organizational capacity building and community-based planning initiatives. Alembic offers a full continuum of planning and development services to nonprofit organizations, neighborhoods and cities. Services for the UnderServed (SUS) is a nonprofit human services agency with a reputation for supporting veterans, individuals, and families faced with a wide range of challenges–mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and HIV/AIDS, often compounded by histories of homelessness, substance abuse, poverty and unemployment. SUS is committed to providing tailored services to people with complex needs, while meeting their personal goals.