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Two Supportive Housing Projects May Come Back To Bed-Stuy


Two buildings in Bedford-Stuyvesant may be used again for homeless women and children.

Providence House — a nonprofit that houses and assists with parenting and financial skills for the homeless and women recently released from prison — is planning new developments at 178 Halsey St. and 243 Hancock St., DNAinfo reports.

Providence House plans to provide residents living at the total of 21 units with assistance in case management services as well as parenting and financial management skills. The title of the buildings went to Providence House in June 2016.

The two buildings were previously owned by a nonprofit that helped homeless young mothers, but that group was dissolved by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office after an investigation found gross organizational mismanagement and attempts to illegally sell the houses.

The Attorney General transferred the properties to Providence House in an attempt to continue the services that should have been provided to residents. Both buildings require full renovation, and, once completed, would provide residents with studio and one-bedroom apartments.

The organization hopes to start construction this summer and complete work by January 2019. Renovations of the buildings will cost $10.4M, with financing coming from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development's Supportive Housing Loan Program and low-income tax credits, the nonprofit said.