Congratulations to CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc on being selected as a semi-finalist in the Housing Development Category for the NDC Academy Awards 2015. The NDC Academy Awards Semi-Finalists represent some of the most innovative and impactful developments changing the lives for residents in underserved communities across the country, NDC is honored to highlight the achievements of these organizations at the NDC Academy 2015.
CAMBA Gardens – Brooklyn, NY
CAMBA Gardens (CG) is a $66.8 million, 209 unit, LEED Platinum, transit-oriented, new construction, affordable and supportive housing development located on the Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) campus in Wingate, Brooklyn. CG is an award-winning, innovative, national model for a partnership between a public hospital, non-profit developer, and social service provider.
CAMBA Housing Ventures (CHV), created by CAMBA, Inc. in 2005, is a NYC non-profit affordable housing developer that has in the pipeline, created and/or partnered on 1,527 units, representing $509M in public/private investment. CHV partnered with KCHC and NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) in response to surplus hospital property identified as an opportunity for affordable supportive housing and an increased patient base. This unique partnership addresses a diverse set of community needs and was centered on a 2005 Corporation for Supportive Housing white paper, to create housing as healthcare. CG reduces public costs by decreasing use of homeless shelters and emergency rooms, provides sustainable and affordable housing, and connects lowincome and formerly homeless households to CAMBA social services and KCHC preventative healthcare resources that improve health outcomes. CG leveraged competitive public and private financing to create 207 units of affordable housing with on-site social services provided by CAMBA for both individuals and families earning under 60% AMI (61 Units) and homeless individuals and families exiting NYC’s overburdened shelter system (146 Units). CG provides 132 studio, 29 one-bedroom, 31 two-bedroom, and 15 three-bedroom apartments across two buildings (including 2 units for on-site superintendents).Completed in October 2013, CG spurred construction and permanent job creation, exceeded MWBE goals and responded to housing needs of community residents and homeless individuals. CHV is focused on design excellence, sustainability and innovation to de-stigmatize affordable and supportive housing, in addition to providing valuable amenities for both residents and the community.
CAMBA Gardens (CG) responds to a critical need for affordable and supportive housing in Brooklyn and NYC. A 2014 NYS Comptroller’s study found that over 50% of Brooklyn rental households pay over 30% of their income on rent, and nearly 30% of Brooklyn rental households pay over 50% of their income on rent. In addition, the NYC homeless shelter population is at a record high of 58,267 individuals, including 24,588 children. This critical need for housing combined with CHV’s extensive outreach efforts produced over 7,000 applications for 61 available community units at CG. CHV further ensured that resident needs were met through its community participation processes. Working with funders to include lease-up preferences that responded to local needs, CHV included preferences for Brooklyn Community District 9 and 17 residents, Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) employees, and households impacted by Superstorm Sandy. CAMBA’s on-site social services available to all tenants, also helps ensure that residents are achieving their goals. CG also produced a powerful economic impact on the surrounding region by generating construction jobs for 59 Brooklyn residents and 42 permanent jobs (over 50% for Brooklyn residents). CHV worked with a Brooklyn based General Contractor to hire 81 Brooklyn subcontractors and vendors who employed 1,166 Brooklyn residents. Over $19 million in contracts were awarded to Brooklyn contract ors and over 19.7% of the construction contracts were awarded to MWBEs. CHV also partnered with ArtBridge to integrate local rtwork with affordable housing. Together, CHV and ArtBridge placed art along the construction fence including pieces from 4 Brooklyn artists. Common areas also feature local artists. CG received unanimous support from Brooklyn Community Board 9, KCHC Community Advisory Board, HHC Board, City Council and was funded by the Brooklyn Borough President and Councilmember Mathieu Eugene.
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