S:US, Osborne and L+M Celebrate Groundbreaking for Landmark Affordable and Supportive Housing Expansion in Brooklyn

S:US, Osborne and L+M Celebrate Groundbreaking for Landmark Affordable and Supportive Housing Expansion in Brooklyn

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Matt Costantini
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New construction set to bring 287 units of much-needed affordable and supportive housing to the Brownsville neighborhood

Brooklyn, New YorkServices for the UnderServed (S:US), Osborne Association, and L+M Development Partners today celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 2 of the Marcus Garvey affordable and supportive housing expansion project. Photos from the ceremony can be viewed HERE.

The $204 million Marcus Garvey Extension project encompasses three buildings, addressing the critical need for affordable and supportive housing in New York City. Upon completion, the project will bring a total of 287 units, with 143 units designated specifically for supportive housing, catering to individuals and families in need as well as formerly incarcerated people.

“This groundbreaking ceremony signifies more than the construction of buildings; it symbolizes our commitment to creating inclusive communities where everyone has access to safe and supportive housing,” said Perry Perlmutter, President & CEO, Services for the UnderServed. “Through collaborative efforts with Osborne Association and L+M Development Partners, we are proud to embark on this transformative journey to uplift individuals and families in need.”

Marcus Garvey Extension Building G, developed by Services for the UnderServed (S:US) and L+M Development Partners, will comprise an eight-story building, featuring 109 affordable housing units. Notably, 55 of these units will be designated as supportive housing under the New York City 15/15 program, providing essential services to formerly homeless individuals and families. S:US will deliver comprehensive on-site supportive services, including independent living skills training and health and wellness services, ensuring residents receive the support they need to thrive.

“Safe and stable housing is one of the most predictive factors for successful reentry for people returning from incarceration as they pursue goals for employment, health and wellness, and family stability,” said Jon Monsalve, President & CEO, Osborne Association. “We are grateful to Governor Hochul for critical funding to expand on this successful partnership with L+M Development Partners that addresses a dire need for housing and offers a powerful model of care and community for individuals, families, and neighborhoods.”

“As we celebrate the second and final phase of the Marcus Garvey Extension Project, we want to thank Services for the UnderServed and Osborne Association for the critical onsite services and programming that they provide to this community,” said Elaine Braithwaite, Managing Director at L+M Development Partners. “With 635 units of newly created affordable and supportive housing across the two phases, the project delivers much needed affordable housing to the Brownsville community while continuing to activate the Livonia Avenue corridor with community serving retail and community facility spaces.”

Marcus Garvey Extension Buildings C/E, a collaboration between Osborne Association and L+M Development Partners, will consist of two eight-story buildings offering a total of 178 affordable units. Of these, 88 units will be dedicated to supportive housing for individuals transitioning from incarceration back into the community. Osborne Association will provide a range of on-site supportive services, including workforce development programs, family and relationship coaching, independent living skills training, and health and wellness services, empowering residents to reintegrate successfully into society.

“Breaking ground on the final phase of The Marcus Garvey Extension development is an exciting milestone for this neighborhood where we’re bringing another 287 apartments, for a total of 635, to the heart of Brooklyn on formerly underutilized property,” said RuthAnne Visnauskas, New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner. “Thank you to our partners for their work making this day a reality and to Governor Hochul for her focus on finding solutions that deliver affordable and supportive housing in communities that need it most.”


About Services for the UnderServed

S:US envisions a city where everyone has a roof over their head, is healthy, productive, and can enjoy the social connections that create a life of purpose. S:US has a staff of 1,800 that provides $273 million in services. Their efforts are supported by various local, state, and federal government entities, foundations, corporations, and individual donors. Most importantly, S:US’ vision allows the organization to deliver the same quality of services to one individual or to thousands.

About Osborne Association

Osborne Association is a New York-based nonprofit organization founded in the early 20th century by prison reformer Thomas Mott Osborne. Osborne serves individuals, families, and communities affected by the criminal justice system. Our programs offer opportunities for people to heal from and repair harm, restore their lives, and thrive. We challenge systems rooted in racism and retribution and fight for policies and practices that promote true safety, justice, and liberation. Osborne serves more than 10,000 currently and formerly incarcerated people and their children and families across multiple sites in New York City, the Hudson Valley, Buffalo, and in more than 30 New York State prisons and New York City jails. Learn more at www.osborneny.org.

About L+M Development Partners

At L+M Development Partners, working together to build stronger communities is our mission. Our double bottom line philosophy means that we measure success not only in financial returns but also by the positive impacts we make in the communities we serve.

Founded in 1984, L+M is a full-service real estate development firm that develops, invests, constructs, and manages properties with industry-leading innovation. Recognized as a top affordable housing developer, L+M and its affiliate companies are responsible for approximately $16.5 billion in development and investment and have acquired, built, or preserved over 46,000 high-quality residential units in a variety of urban markets nationwide, primarily in New York’s tristate area.

Please visit our website for more information: http://lmdevpartners.com. To learn more about our mission and values, go to https://lmdevpartners.com/mission-and-values/.

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