Providence House celebrated the groundbreaking of its new affordable housing program, located at 275 Kosciusko St. in Brooklyn. Named the D’Addario Residence, in honor of the chair of the board of Providence House, Janet D’Addario, and her husband, Jim, it will be six-stories high with 46 units for low-income New Yorkers.
The project is being developed through HPD’s Supportive Housing Loan Program. Providence House will provide on-site supportive services with New York/New York III funding from the city.
The event recognized the forging of many relationships and constituencies working together that made this project possible, including Sister Janet Kinney, C.S.J., executive director; Sister Jean Amore, C.S.J., president of the Sisters of St. Joseph; Sister Elaine Roulet, C.S.J., foundress of Providence House; local public officials, as well as representatives of HPD and Capital One Bank, who will be financing the project.
Located on former city-owned land, The D’Addario Residence will set aside 17 of the affordable apartments for low-income residents, with priority given to residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Another 28 apartments will be for formerly homeless people and families with special needs. One unit will be reserved for the on-site superintendent. Providence House will provide on-site case management and life services to each resident as well as referrals to services in the community.
During the groundbreaking, Sister Janet Kinney said, “Today is a thrilling day for Providence House and it is wonderful to be part of a project that will help transform individual lives, as well as to be able to support their assimilation into the fabric of the neighborhood. The D’Addario Residence will not only provide critically needed affordable housing options for homeless women and families, but it will contribute to the overall growth and prosperity of the local community, a win-win for everyone.”