HELP Home Simpson Offers Affordable Apartments with On-Site Supportive Services for 44 Formerly Homeless Adults
Development Includes Food Pantry and Community Services from St. Peter’s Deliverance Ministries
Photo of Ribbon Cutting Available Here
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of a 72-unit affordable and supportive housing development in the Foxhurst section of the Bronx. HELP Home Simpson replaces a one-story church building with an energy-efficient development that includes commercial space for St. Peter’s Deliverance Ministries to operate a food pantry and provide community services.
“With the completion of HELP Home Simpson, more than 70 Bronx families will now have a safe, modern, and affordable place to call home,” Governor Hochul said. “My administration remains committed to increasing the supply of quality affordable housing, expanding access to critical support and services, and working closely with local organizations and service providers to ensure that all New Yorkers – particularly New Yorkers experiencing homelessness – have the security and stability they need to thrive.”
In the last five years, New York State Homes and Community Renewal has created or preserved 14,700 affordable homes in the Bronx. HELP Home Simpson continues this effort and complements Governor Hochul’s $25 billion comprehensive Housing Plan to create or preserve 100,000 affordable homes across New York, including 10,000 with support services for vulnerable populations, plus the electrification of an additional 50,000 homes.
The seven-story building offers 72 apartments affordable to households earning at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income. Forty-four apartments are reserved for chronically homeless single adults in need of supportive services to live independently. These residents will have access to services funded by the New York City 15/15 Initiative and provided by HELP USA, Inc.
The building’s ground floor features 8,500 square feet of commercial space for use by St. Peter’s Deliverance Church to conduct their ministry and community programs, including a food pantry and educational programs. Residential amenities include a roof terrace, bike storage and laundry facilities.
The building was designed to meet the heightened energy efficiency standards of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Multifamily New Construction Program. Features include energy efficient windows, Energy Star appliances and lighting, and a partial green roof.
The development team consists of HELPDevCo, CMC Development LLC, and St. Peter’s Deliverance Ministries Church.
State financing for the $33 million development includes $17.5 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from HCR and $63,200 from NYSERDA. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development provided $6 million from the Supportive Housing Loan Program. The Community Preservation Corporation will provide $7.6 million under Freddie Mac’s permanent loan program.
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, “HELP Home Simpson is the state’s latest investment in expanding affordable housing opportunities across the Bronx. With more than 70 apartment units and community services offered by St. Paul’s Deliverance Ministries, this development will undoubtedly transform lives and build a stronger and more successful community. We are grateful to St. Paul’s Deliverance Church for making the land available for redevelopment and to our state, city and private partners for helping deliver these new homes to Foxhurst.”
NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen M. Harris said, “New York continues to demonstrate that providing safe and comfortable housing for our most vulnerable residents can go hand-in-hand with reducing energy use and cost when we adopt sustainable building measures such as installing energy efficient windows, appliances and lighting. This forward-thinking approach to affordable housing offers a holistic tenant experience and services that can be applied to communities throughout the state.”
State Senator Luis Sepúlveda said, “As a New York State Senator representing the Bronx, I commend Governor Hochul’s commitment to increasing the supply of quality affordable housing and providing essential support services to our community. The completion of the HELP Home Simpson development is a testament to our collective efforts in ensuring the security and stability of our fellow New Yorkers. It’s a significant step towards creating a safer, more inclusive Bronx.”
Assemblymember Kenny Burgos said, “It’s a testament to the power of community and collaboration when we see a project like HELP Home Simpson come to life. This seven-story, 72-unit affordable and supportive housing development in the Foxhurst section of the Bronx not only addresses the critical need for affordable housing but also offers essential services to those who need it most. It stands as a shining example of how innovation, compassion, and responsible investment can transform a community and provide a brighter future for all its residents.”
Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson said, “The HELP Home Simpson is a welcomed addition to the borough that will provide affordable housing, wraparound services, energy efficiency, and other amenities for our residents and families who need it the most. I want to thank Governor Kathy Hochul and her team for their work on this project that combines commercial and residential space to support not only the tenants of this development but also the Foxhurst community.”
HELPDevCo President David Cleghorn said, “Home Simpson is an excellent example of a community coming together to provide quality affordable and supportive housing while maintaining an important community anchor in St. Peter’s Deliverance Ministries Church. The development team has collaborated to achieve the highest and best use of this land to build a community asset that will last for decades.”
HELP USA President and CEO Tom Hameline said, “Providing services to enable people with the most need to live with dignity is at the heart of our mission, and HELP Home Simpson will do just that. As I prepare to hand over the leadership of HELP USA to my successor, Dan Lehman, next month, I am thankful to the Governor, HCR, NYSERDA, and HPD for making this and projects like it a priority.”
Assistant Vice President and Mortgage Officer at the Community Preservation Corporation Jason Osborn said, “The HELP Home Simpson project speaks to the power that mission-driven investments in housing can have in serving the unique needs of a community. At CPC we believe that it’s important to collaborate on housing projects that provide our most vulnerable citizens with an affordable place to call home, and a supportive environment where they can live with dignity and the respect. My thanks to Governor Hochul and her teams at HCR and NYSERDA, to HPD, to our long-time partners at HELP, and to all of the stakeholders who are working to make New York City more affordable and equitable for everyone.”
Pastor and CEO of St. Peter’s Deliverance Ministries Shante Edgehill said, “Being able to impact the community I grew up in – while simultaneously shifting the future of New York City and the Bronx’s history forever – is impactful to hundreds of families. I am very thankful to share my land with the team developers, HELPDevCo and CMC Development Corp, which has afforded us the greatest opportunity to implement God’s solution in this community.”