Organization Name: The Doe Fund with MAP
Project Location: 3100 Webster Avenue, Bronx NY
Webster Green, a new supportive housing development in Bedford Park, Bronx, addresses the programmatic and housing needs of The Doe Fund. The 77,000-sf building has 82 studio, one- and two-bedroom units. On the ground floor program management offices and a large community space face Webster Avenue. An interior landscaped courtyard includes native plants and seating areas is a symbolic connection to the larger landscape system of the Bronx parks. Leveraging the corner site location, a recessed area in the massing emphasizes the main entry and creates a large alcove on each floor. Flooded with natural light, these seating areas provide public space to socialize or enjoy the view. The massing includes contextual brick façade relating to the existing Art Deco buildings on E. 204th St. and modern fiber concrete panels on Webster Avenue breaking the scale to fit the neighborhood. The building includes sustainable initiatives including a large green roof on the 7th floor setback, low-E thermally broken Energy Star windows, low VOC paints, primers and caulks and water-saver fixtures, meeting the NYSERDA Multi-Family Building Performance Program, Energy Star guidelines and LEED for Homes Mid-Rise standards.
Webster Green is designed to be a self-contained mixed-use building – on the ground floor the residential entrance leads to the supportive and affordable housing that will be offered to chronically-homeless individuals and those dealing with mental illness. The permanent supportive housing program for individuals who receive HRA services is run by The Doe Fund. The program is designed to provide long term residential care and 24-hour support in a community environment that maximizes residents' independence while ensuring their physical and emotional security and well-being. The residents will receive supportive case management services provided by the clinical staff which include assistance with daily living skills, budgeting, obtaining and maintaining benefits; referrals for medical, psychiatric and substance abuse treatment, as well as vocational services.
The Doe Fund was founded on a simple premise: work works. For more than 30 years, this organization has been a key leader in developing and implementing cost-effective, holistic programs that meet the needs of a diverse population. Their flagship program, Ready, Willing & Able, helps break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism by providing a working way home for the “Men in Blue.” All of The Doe Fund’s programs and innovative business ventures help homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals achieve permanent self-sufficiency.
Magnusson Architecture & Planning-Architect; Galaxy General Contracting-GC; GACE-Structural; Philip Habib & Assoc-Civil; Johnson & Urban-MEP; Steven Winter Associates-Sustainability; Terrain-Landscape