Gov. Kathy Hochul announced last week the grand opening of The Corden, a $34.5 million affordable housing development for families in the Longwood section of the Bronx.
The new development includes 62 affordable apartments with 37 apartments set aside for homeless families. Previously named The Bryant, the building has been dedicated to Carol Corden, New Destiny Housing’s former executive director, who retired in 2020 after 24 years at the helm of New Destiny Housing and a lifetime of service creating affordable housing for New Yorkers in need.
“My administration is committed to ending homelessness and creating more affordable housing, and by investing in developments like The Corden in the Bronx, families will have access to a permanent home with the amenities and assistance they need to thrive,” Hochul said. “These newly built new apartments will allow 62 families to experience the great benefits and stability that comes from having truly good quality homes, allowing them to live safely and securely.”
All households will have access to on-site services including financial counseling, professional development, case management, programming for children and other services to promote housing security. The project’s developer is New Destiny Housing, a New York City nonprofit providing housing to homeless families for nearly 30 years.
Amenities at The Corden include a multi-purpose program space, library, staff offices for social services, a beautifully landscaped courtyard and indoor and outdoor children’s play areas. Tenants will have access to trauma-informed, on-site services from New Destiny’s Family Support Program staff.
Supportive services and rent are subsidized through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative and administered by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
“Bringing more affordable housing to The Bronx is not only important, but will play a crucial role in our borough’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “With the completion of The Corden, and the addition of 62 units of affordable housing, including 37 units for recently homeless individuals and families, some of our most vulnerable Bronxites will have a place to call home and access to invaluable services and amenities that will allow them to make a fresh start. This project is a great addition to the Longwood section of The Bronx and I commend everyone who helped make it possible.”