The Center for Urban Community Services Opens $40 Million Sydelle Supportive Housing Residence

BRONX, NY - New York State and City joined the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) to launch the Sydelle, CUCS' newest supportive housing residence for 107 low-income and special-needs individuals and families. CUCS is a pioneer in rebuilding lives of homeless New Yorkers that serves more than 50,000 people annually.

"For three decades CUCS has been committed to helping families and individuals exit homelessness and rise from poverty. Our integrated support services at the Sydelle will help those who now call it home to rebuild their lives," CUCS CEO Tony Hannigan said.

Keynote speakers at the ceremony include: Commissioner Vicki Been, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development; Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts, NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; Commissioner Ann Sullivan, NYS Office of Mental Health; and Deputy Executive Commissioner Gary Belkin, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

"Building and subsequently operating a residence like the Sydelle would not have been possible without the support of our partners from New York City and New York State, which has been integral throughout each step of the process from construction through daily operations," Mr. Hannigan continued.

The Sydelle illustrates how CUCS' innovative, integrated approach linking housing, health and social services enables individuals and families to exit homelessness and rise from poverty.  On-site services include employment assistance, household management and coaching, and crisis prevention and intervention. Primary medical care and psychiatric services will be provided at the residence's on-site medical suite through CUCS' acclaimed Janian Medical Care program.

The Sydelle is a LEED Silver environmentally certified building with a total development cost of $40 million. Major funding for the development of the building came from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development's Supportive Housing Loan Program, and the New York City Housing Development Corporation. Enterprise Community Investment, Inc. served as the project's Low-Income Housing Tax Credit syndicator. CUCS also received a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority award for the residence.