In December, NYCHA joined partners at the opening of Stonewall House, an LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing development located at Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Partners on the Stonewall House included BFC Partners, SAGE, the New York City Housing Development Corporation, and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
Stonewall House is a 17-story building with 145 units of affordable housing for households that earn 50 percent or less of the area median income and include at least one person who is 62 years of age or older. The building has 54 studio apartments and 91 one-bedroom apartments, and 25 percent of these homes will be occupied by formerly homeless households. The building also has a laundry room, communal lounge, outdoor communal terraces, and an on-site resident manager.
“Getting to live here is a dream come true,” said Diedra Nottingham, a Stonewall House resident. “I am so excited to move into this building and be part of a community that is LGBT-friendly. I was born and bred in Brooklyn, and coming back to the area is like coming home.”
The building’s amenities also include the 7,000 square-foot SAGE Center Brooklyn at Stonewall House, scheduled to open soon. The community center will feature a cyber center, on-site social services, and community-building activities.
“NYCHA is excited to bring affordable housing to New York City seniors,” said NYCHA Senior Vice President for Real Estate Development Jonathan Gouvea. “Our seniors deserve new, safe, clean affordable housing. This 100 percent affordable development is necessary and a great step forward for New York City.”
The building is a part of NYCHA’s 100 percent Affordable Housing program that creates new housing on underused NYCHA property, supporting Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York 2.0 plan. It will help NYCHA meet its goal to provide 10,000 new affordable units over the next decade.