A Mix of Affordable Rental Housing for Low-Income Working Families
and Permanent Supportive Rental Housing for Special Needs Homeless
Families, Single Adults and Veterans
For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat… I was a stranger and you invited Me in… I was sick and you looked after Me… Matthew 25:35-36
The Goal of Edwin’s Place
The goal of Edwin’s Place is to meet the immediate and long term housing needs of low-income working families and single adults from the underserved neighborhood of Brownsville/East New York, as well as the housing needs of special needs homeless families and single adult New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS, mental health disorders, and chronic histories of substance abuse who seek affordable, permanent supportive housing with onsite daily supportive services. The target population will include formerly homeless Vets.
Edwin’s Place Mission Statement
- To provide access to clean, safe, permanent supportive housing in a totally drug-free environment for formerly homeless single adults regardless of their race, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation.
- To provide clean, safe, affordable rental housing to single adults and families.
- To ensure that each special-need tenant remains connected to treatment and obtains the best possible health outcomes, as needed.
- To provide direct and indirect services in a supportive environment.
- To empower our tenants physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
Additionally, Edwin’s Place seeks to facilitate independence, dignity and well-being through a complement of safe, affordable housing and day-to-day services provided to the tenants of the supportive housing units. All tenants MUST be capable of independent living and may not require 24 hour round-the-clock, on-site medical intervention.
The building will have a 24/7 attended lobby, a start-of-the-art camera system, and exterior lighting that will enhance community safety. The building will have a multipurpose room available for community events and meetings. There will be many Green features including green roof, energy star appliances, water conserving fixtures, and other sustainable design elements.
Low-Income Working Families & Adults
Critical to the success of AAPC’s housing management model is our commitment to inclusive, mixed-income communities. Rather than being marginalized in quasi-institutional settings, our formerly homeless tenants live alongside a diverse group of low-income professionals. In addition to making it possible for street homeless individuals to renew their lives; the affordability, security, and prime location of AAPC’s housing enables our tenants for whom city life would not otherwise be financially feasible; to contribute to the unique character of the Big Apple. Some are young people newly embarking on an independent life, while others are winding down their careers or cutting down on expenses after retirement.
HIV and AIDS
The high cost of health care and life-saving medications for people living with HIV/AIDS and homelessness often forces individuals with the illness to have to choose between their health and housing. In addition, persons living with HIV/AIDS are more likely to lose their jobs due to discrimination or as a result of frequent health-related absences. Up to half of all HIV positive individuals are thus at risk of becoming homeless.
In addition, individuals who are already homeless are at increased risk of contracting HIV, such as intravenous drug users who share or reuse needles. Poor nutrition, exposure to the elements, and poor hygiene pose serious threats to a compromised immune system, making it more likely that HIV positive individuals will develop AIDS.
Special housing subsidies enable individuals living with HIV/AIDS to access permanent supportive housing and associated services. With the stability of a secure home, Edwin’s Place tenants living with this illness are able to access essential medications, manage their condition with regular preventive care, and address psychological issues that may contribute to the course of their disease.
While AIDS remains a formidable foe and is the number one killer of people of color (84.5% of NYC’s new HIV cases are among African-Americans, Latinos and Asian/Pacific Islanders) in the United States, advances in drug therapies have turned AIDS into a chronic, manageable disease although one without a cure and one where an early death remains a real prospect. Today, people look forward to living longer rather than counting down the days to the end of their lives. This is what Edwin’s Place is all about — a place of hope, a place to live with dignity.
Mental Health & Substance Abuse
The movement in the 1970s to deinstitutionalize psychiatric patients had the unintended consequence of leaving scores of individuals with mental illnesses without access to appropriate care or supports. As a result, many became homeless.
Of the estimated 744,000 people who are homeless on any given night across the United States, nearly half of them have a serious mental illness, such as clinical depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, and substance abuse.
Most of the mentally ill homeless go untreated, and unable to work, live a hand-to-mouth existence out on the streets. They also frequently cycle in and out of medical and psychiatric hospitals, drug rehabilitation programs, and prisons and jails, at enormous personal and public costs.
Edwin’s Place seeks to offer a life-enriching alternative to both institutionalization and life on the streets. Tenants will be offered the opportunity to manage their illness while living independently in the housing, with the support of on-site case managers and links to appropriate care.
AAPC assists several special needs segments of the chronically homeless population in New York City, and regrettably, these include a significant number of military veterans. We serve veterans in all program areas, from transitional to permanent supportive housing.
46 units will be family units – one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. 1 unit will be a studio apartment. 55 studios plus 23 family apartments will be set aside for formerly homeless persons or families; 46 family apartments plus 1 studio will be set aside for low-income community residents with incomes below 60% of the area median income. 50% of the low income apartments will be set aside for Community Board 16 (Ocean Hill/Brownsville) residents.
The following chart illustrates the unit distribution:
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