Betances Residence Bronx, NY
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“When building trades’ pension capital is used to finance 100% union built development in New York City, our pension funds get stronger. When the project also addresses the City’s massive need for affordable housing, it is a win-win.” —Gary LaBarbera, President, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York


The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) is helping to finance the $98 million new construction of the Betances Senior development in Bronx, NY. The eight-story project will create 152 new units of housing exclusively reserved for seniors with incomes up to 50% of the Area Median Income. There is no minimum income to qualify. Forty seven of the units will be for homeless seniors. It is located in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx in New York City. The project is being developed by Breaking Ground, New York’s largest developer of supportive housing. Breaking Ground operates nearly 4,000 units of housing across New York City, along with housing in upstate NY and CT.


The HIT purchased $52.0 million of tax-exempt, fixed rate bonds issued by the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) as part of their 2019 Series E Revenue Bonds. The majority of the proceeds of which will be used to fund the Project.


This project will be a part of NYCHA’s “100 percent affordable housing” program, and will be built on land that is part of the Betances V Houses public housing development. The project will contain a mix of studios and one-bedroom units. Betances Senior will be a Passive House residence, meaning that it will rely primarily on a rigorous level of energy efficiency to drastically reduce heating and cooling requirements.

*Job and economic impact figures are estimates calculated using IMPLAN, an input-output model, based on HIT project data. The data is current as of March 31, 2020. Economic impact data is in 2019 dollars and all other figures are nominal.

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