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Housing Development Initiatives

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AAPC Housing Ventures, Inc.

In response to a pressing need for permanent, stable and affordable housing for all New Yorkers, AAPC created an affiliated affordable housing development corporation in 2011 called AAPC Housing Ventures, Inc. AAPC Housing Ventures, Inc. envisions vital neighborhoods where safe, decent and affordable housing plays a critical role in the long-term economic and social success of low-income individuals and families. The mission of AAPC Housing Ventures, Inc. is to develop and operate affordable service-enriched rental housing that is designed and maintained with great care to provide a secure and stable home for every tenant.

AAPC Housing Development & Services

The African American Planning Commission is a socially-conscious 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with expertise in the development of affordable and supportive housing. Our mission in this realm is to build high quality affordable housing for low- and middle-income New Yorkers, including those with disabilities, and other special needs. We believe that well-designed, well-thought out, and well-built affordable housing helps revitalize neighborhoods and provides a better quality of life for all New Yorkers.

Securing appropriate, affordable housing is a challenge for many New Yorkers. With a vacancy rate of less than 3% in the rental housing market, suitable housing in New York City is at best a scarce commodity.

For low-income and disabled households, the search for housing presents almost insurmountable challenges that result in overcrowded households, record levels of homelessness, neighborhoods segregated by income, and growing numbers of tenants living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions because of an inability to afford anything better.

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Affordable Housing Defined

“The generally accepted definition of affordability* is for a household to pay no more than 30 percent of its annual income on housing. Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care.”

*affordable to households earning no more than 50 percent of AMI (area median income)

Affordable Housing Affordable Housing Solutions

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Since 2005, AAPC has been addressing the City’s housing crisis by advocating for the development of affordable supportive housing within our continuum of care strategy. Today our housing portfolio includes transitional housing, affordable rental housing, and permanent supportive housing.

AAPC Housing Ventures, Inc. works in partnership with prominent national organizations, local housing developers, private investors, community-based agencies, City and State government agencies to develop safe, high-quality, affordable housing. AAPC Housing Ventures, Inc. promotes stability for low-income households and nurtures vital mixed-income neighborhoods with quality housing options for every household.

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Transitional Tier II Domestic Violence Shelter

AAPC’s Transitional Housing Program started in 2005 and provides transitional housing services to special-needs homeless New Yorkers.

Serenity House Family Residence – a Transitional Tier II Domestic Violence shelter

Serenity House Family Residence, a transitional Tier II residence, which began in 2005, provides 40 independent living apartments for homeless survivors of domestic violence and their dependent children. Serenity House is one of the very few domestic violence shelters in New York City which accepts male victims of domestic violence and their dependent children. Program residents are referred to the facility by NYC HRA’s Office of Domestic Violence and Emergency Intervention Services (ODVEIS) and/or by its emergency domestic violence shelter system. The program’s goal is to prepare residents for independent living within or outside the community. The maximum length of stay is generally limited to six months. The program provides case management services, mental health counseling and referrals, housing placement assistance, job search assistance, substance abuse support services, infant and child care services, as well as after school program services.

Click here to learn more about Serenity House.

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Permanent & Special Needs Supportive Rental Housing

AAPC’s Permanent Housing Program began in earnest in 2008 with the goal of providing supportive housing services to special-needs homeless New Yorkers.

Edwin’s Place – A Mix of Supportive Housing for Special Needs Homeless Adults and Rental Housing for Low-Income Working Families

Edwin’s Place seeks to provide 126 independent living apartments. The target population will include low-income working single adults and families from the community, special needs homeless single adults and families in which the head-of-household is recovering from substance abuse, has been diagnosed with a Mental Health disorder and/or is living with HIV/AIDS. All tenants will be deemed ready for permanent supportive housing. The target population will also include homeless Vets.

Participants of the supportive housing program must be NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) certified and have a source of income such as SSI, SSD, Veterans Benefits, etc. The program will provide case management, mental health counseling, alternate housing placement assistance when needed, and continued substance abuse support services, just to name a few.

48 independent living units in the building will be set-aside for low-income working families from the community. These units will comprise of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. Eligible tenants of these 48 independent living apartments must have a verifiable source of income to support their rental payments.

Click here to learn more about Edwin’s Place.

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Senior Housing Programs & Services

AAPCI’s Senior Housing initiative started in earnest in 1997 with the goal of providing a safe, clean home with on-site supportive services for seniors who wish to live independently.

Glenmore Manor Senior Residence – A Supportive Senior Housing Community for seniors, 62 years of age or older

Glenmore Manor Senior Residence seeks to provide up to 175 independent living units of senior permanent supportive housing for very low-income seniors, 62 years of age or older, who wish to live independently. Participants must meet the criteria set forth by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and development (HPD) and/or have a source of income such as SSI, SSD, VA benefits which will allow them to pay their rents. The program will provide senior citizen case management services, volunteer & intergenerational activities, peer support groups and services, assistance with Independent Living Skills, educational classes on issues such as nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and overall health, linkages with senior transportation services, and cultural activities, just to name a few.

Click here to learn more about Glenmore Manor Senior Residence.

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Homeless Shelter Programs & Support Services

Renee Steedley Residence

Program details coming soon!

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Children, Youth & Family Services

Thaddeus G. Whitley Residence

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AAPC Economic Development Corporation

Program details coming soon!

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