Concourse Residents to Consider New Housing Plan for Mentally Ill Homeless
CONCOURSE VILLAGE — Residents will meet Monday night to consider a proposal to build new housing for formerly homeless adults, including those with mental illnesses.
The development at 316 East 162nd St., between Morris and Park Avenues, would contain 80 apartments along with supportive services for tenants. Disabled veterans would be given preference for apartments reserved for people with special needs.
The developer, nonprofit Urban Pathways, Inc., is in the process of building several new affordable housing buildings for formerly homeless adults across the city.
A five-story facility for homeless adults with mental illness that Urban Pathways is set to open in Astoria, Queens, drew intense criticism from community leaders there who fear the development will scare off new businesses, such as banks and grocery stores, according to the Daily News.
Last November, the nonprofit opened a 55-unit supportive housing development, called the Hughes House, in Tremont for formerly homeless single adults with mental illnesses.
Residents in that five-story apartment building have access to a treatment and support program where the goal is "total rehabilitation that would lead to gainful employment and independent housing," according to the group’s website.
The human services and housing committees of Community Board 4 will hold a joint hearing about the proposed development Monday at 6 p.m. at the Concourse Rehabilitation and Nursing Home at 1072 Grand Concourse.
Urban Pathways’ executive director, Frederick Shack, is scheduled to present the group's plan to the committees.