In Fort Greene, nation’s largest LGBT senior development will open affordable housing lottery

May 20, 2019

Rendering courtesy of Marvel Architects

At 112 Edwards Street in Fort Greene, a completely new type of affordable housing is set to launch a lottery for 108 low-income units. The Ingersoll Senior Residences was built as part of the city’s controversial plan to lease NYCHA land to private developers in order to build and maintain more affordable housing. Thanks to a partnership between BFC Partners and SAGE, Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders, the building is the nation’s largest LGBT-friendly elder housing project and the first in New York City. When the lottery opens on May 29th, individuals or couples who have at least one member age 62 or older can apply for studios and one-bedrooms for which they’ll pay 30 percent of their income, which can range from $0 to $42,700.

According to the New York Housing Conference, “Conservative estimates project that a minimum of 100,000 LGBT elders currently live in New York City, with that number expected to double over the next 15 years.” However, discrimination and a lack of affordable housing often create a problem in terms of finding a comfortable place to live.

As such, the new 17-story, 145-unit building was designed by Marvel Architects on unused land on the larger Raymond V. Ingersoll Houses NYCHA property. The building has laundry facilities, a communal lounge, reading/card room, roof deck, seventh-floor landscaped terrace, and another terrace on the 14th floor.. The 65,000-square-foot senior center offers a cyber center, building activities, and on-site social services, all provided by SAGE.

The building itself will open in the fall of 2019. SAGE is also developing a similar project, Crotona Senior Residences, on Crotona Park North in the Tremont section of the Bronx. More details on how to apply are available here (pdf). You can also visit SAGE >>


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