NEW YORK — New York State announced the opening of a new affordable and supportive housing development complex in Queens, Governor Kathy Hochul announced.
The $80 million place is named after The Kira and is located in Jamaica. It includes a newly constructed 21-story mixed-use building with 139 affordable and supportive housing units, including 69 with supportive services.
“Supportive housing is a vital component of our work to ensure all New Yorkers have a safe and affordable place to call home,” Governor Hochul said. “Kira will provide women who have experienced homelessness and domestic violence with easy access to the support and services they need and deserve to build better lives for themselves and their children.”
Kira complements the Democrat’s sweeping plans to make housing more affordable, equitable and stable. In the FY 2023 state budget, Hochul successfully introduced and secured a new five-year, $25 billion comprehensive housing plan that will increase the housing supply by creating or preserving 100,000 affordable homes across New York, including 10,000 serviced of support for vulnerable populations, in addition to the electrification of 50,000 additional homes.
The Kira includes 38 studio units, 64 one-bedroom units and 37 two-bedroom units, including one reserved for an on-site construction superintendent. A total of 32 of the one-bedroom units and 37 of the two-bedroom units will be set aside for survivors of domestic violence with incomes at or below 40 percent of the area median income. The remaining units are reserved for households with incomes at or below 80 percent AMI.
Amenities include a children’s recreation room, fitness center, laundry facility, and space for outdoor activities. The project also features more than 5,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. There is also a dedicated community room and offices for on-site support programs and supportive housing staff.
Kira’s energy-efficient design and features meet the Business Green Communities Certification and the Housing Finance Agency’s mandatory Green and Energy Certification Standards for Renewal Homes and Communities.
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance provides $1.7 million annually in operating funds for supportive services through the New York Supportive Housing Initiative.
State funding for The Kira included $19.2 million in permanent tax-exempt bonds, federal low-income housing tax credits that will generate $26.1 million in equity, and $29 million in New York State Homes and Community Renewal grants. Since 2011, New York State Homes and Community Renewal has invested more than $11.49 billion in multifamily buildings to create or preserve more than 42,300 affordable homes and apartments in New York City. Nearly 4,000 of these are in Queens.