78 affordable senior units available at supportive Passive House residence in the South Bronx

June 11, 2021

Rendering courtesy of NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

A housing lottery launched this week for 78 units designated for seniors at a new South Bronx rental. Developed by affordable housing operator Breaking Ground and designed by COOKFOX Architects, the building at 445 East 142nd Street, dubbed the Betances Residence, is located within the Mott Haven neighborhood. Eligible applicants must qualify for Section 8 benefits, with rents for the studio and one-bedroom apartments set at 30 percent of household income.

The Betances Residence is the first Passive House supportive residence developed by Breaking Ground. With a tight building envelope, triple glazed windows, insulated facade, the design improves the building’s resiliency while staying energy efficient.

COOKFOX’s design uses biophilic elements and natural materials, with a landscaped courtyard and garden visible from both the ground floor and the residential floors.

Amenities at the 120,000-square-foot development include a laundry room, multipurpose room, and landscaped gardens. There will also be site-specific activities and medical programs offered to residents. The DreamYard Project, which offers visual and digital arts programming for youth and young adults, will operate out of a community facility on the ground level.

Of the 152 total units at the building, 47 apartments are designated for formerly homeless individuals and 26 apartments for those from NYCHA’s Section 8 and public housing waiting list. The remaining units are set aside for low-income seniors.

Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable units until August 9, 2021. Complete details on how to apply are available here. Questions regarding this offer must be referred to NYC’s Housing Connect department by dialing 311.

If you don’t qualify for the housing lotteries mentioned, visit CityRealty.com’s no-fee rentals page for other apartment deals in the city.


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