Gov. Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of a $49 million housing development that will bring 80 new affordable homes to downtown Yonkers. Landy Court, a seven-story building on School Street, will include homes reserved for formerly homeless residents, who will have access to on-site support services.
“As we work to end homelessness and provide housing stability for all New Yorkers, it’s critical that we expand access to supportive housing and quality health care.” said Governor Hochul. “Our investment in Landy Court will provide 48 individuals and families with the local care and services they need to thrive. By creating new affordable housing opportunities in downtown Yonkers, we will improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable neighbors and strengthen the community they call home.”
Landy Court is part of Governor Hochul’s far-reaching plans to make housing more affordable, equitable and stable. In the recently passed state budget, the governor successfully secured a new $25 billion five-year comprehensive housing plan that will increase the housing supply by creating or maintaining 100,000 affordable homes across New York, including 10,000 with Support services for vulnerable populations Electrification of an additional 50,000 homes. As part of that plan, the governor signed new legislation this week that would help convert unused hotel space into affordable housing for low-income and formerly homeless New Yorkers.
Landy Court consists of 80 apartments for households earning 60 percent or less of the area median income. The School Street site originally consisted of three lots of vacant buildings that were demolished.
Residents of the supportive homes receive services through St. Joseph’s Medical Center. These services include individual case management, educational services, employment support, psychiatric and behavioral health coordination and substance abuse support, and referral services with the hospital network’s programs.
Living facilities include a common room with kitchen, staff offices, gym, library, laundry facilities and a roof garden. The development also includes 2,200 square feet of community service office space to be used by St. Joseph’s and 34 parking spaces.
Landy Court is within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, bus routes, parks, community services and the main campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital.
The $49 million in federal funding for the development includes $15.1 million in tax-exempt perpetual bonds, Federal Low Income Tax Credits that generated $17.2 million in equity, and $10.7 million US dollars in grants from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance provided $2.8 million through the Homeless Housing Assistance Program. The New York State Office of Mental Health provided construction financing and $345,000 in program development grants to cover startup costs such as furniture, staff recruitment, and training.
OMH also provided funds for rent subsidies and support services. The development team consists of St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Concern Housing, Inc.
RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner for Home and Community Renewal, said: “Over the past decade, HCR has invested over $462 million to create and maintain 3,500 affordable homes in Yonkers. The $49 million Landy Court builds on that success with an additional 80 homes, including 48 with on-site support services. Together with our partners, St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Concern Housing, Inc., we help residents build stable and prosperous lives in a modern building with easy access to public transportation and services. This development shows how we can tackle homelessness and housing insecurity while allowing our inner cities to thrive. Congratulations to everyone who helped bring this development to Yonkers.”
OMH Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan said: “Landy Court will provide people living with mental illness with the on-site services and the safe and stable homes they need to lead full and productive lives in their own communities. This is a great addition to downtown Yonkers and another example of Governor Hochul’s commitment to helping at-risk New Yorkers, and we at OMH are proud to have played a part in its construction.”
The representative of the State Office for Temporary Employment and Assistance for the Disabled, Daniel W. Tietz, said: “Supportive living plays a critical role in ensuring long-term housing stability for many who have experienced homelessness. Landy Court provides adults with a serious mental illness with permanent housing coupled with supportive services, while bringing new vitality to a previously marked vacant block of the city , derelict buildings. This project, like many others supported through the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, demonstrates Governor Hochul’s unwavering commitment to providing all New Yorkers with access to safe and affordable housing.”
Yonker Mayor Mike Spano said: “Congratulations to St. Joseph’s Medical Center on the vision and completion of this wonderful addition to our city’s housing stock. St. Joseph’s has long been a cornerstone of our community and this project demonstrates their continued commitment to serving the needs of our residents and providing new, quality affordable housing.”
Said MP Nader Sayegh“All Yonkers residents deserve to live in affordable, safe, and vibrant neighborhoods, which is why I voted for New York State’s 5-year plan to add 100,000 affordable housing units. Working with state and local governments, community organizations and developers, we can address the housing crisis and make our city a more affordable place for all.”
State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said: “The naming of this development is a magnificent and fitting tribute to Jim Landy and all of his efforts to create affordable housing in Yonkers in his role as Chair of the City of Yonkers Urban Housing Authority and Chair of St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Landy Court is a unique and innovative development that not only provides safe and affordable housing for those who will live there, but also provides on-site rental subsidies and supportive services for 48 formerly homeless adults.The entire community benefits when partnerships such as these between St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Concern Housing, Inc., the New York State Office of Mental Health, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, and Homes and Community Renewal. I understand the importance of affordable housing, which is why I ” We have made funding for these agencies a strong priority.”
County Executive George Latimer said: “Westchester County is pleased to have played a role in the redevelopment of vacant buildings on School Street in Yonkers, which will now provide 80 units of affordable housing for families and 48 units for adults struggling with homelessness. The completion of Landy Court adds to our mission to create and maintain affordable housing in Westchester while providing the necessary support services and helping to revitalize this Yonkers community.”
Michael Spicer, President and CEO of Saint Joseph’s Medical Center said: “Saint Joseph’s affordable and supportive homes fill a significant need in our community. The 32 affordable housing units offer an attractive new permanent place to live for local residents and families who qualify. The 48 supportive homes will meet the needs of those individuals who have demonstrated the ability to live independently in the community, with onsite support services. This program is designed to provide support and assistance to individuals to help them maintain their daily living skills and promote successful integration into the community. The building is named Landy Court, after James J. Landy, our CEO and longtime advocate for affordable housing.”