Mayor de Blasio visits Monsignor Alexius Jarka Hall

The mayor invited the press to Bedford Avenue to celebrate 2016’s affordable housing boom.

Mayor de Blasio (center) speaks on 2016’s record number of affordable housing financing  at  Bedford Avenue’s Monsignor Alexius Jarka Hall. Also in attendance: Council Member Stephen Levin (far left), People’s Firehouse Exec. Dir. Daniel Rivera (3rd from left), and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (far right).
Mayor de Blasio (center) speaks on 2016’s record number of affordable housing financing at Bedford Avenue’s Monsignor Alexius Jarka Hall. Also in attendance: Council Member Stephen Levin (far left), People’s Firehouse Exec. Dir. Daniel Rivera (3rd from left), and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (far right).

Mayor Bill de Blasio visited Monsignor Alexius Jarka Hall (268 Bedford Avenue) to announce that more affordable housing was financed in 2016 than in any time in the past 25 years. Jarka Hall is an apt example of affordable housing as it will keep all 63 senior apartments affordable for another 35 years. It is quite an achievement that no unit at Jarka Hall charges more than $1,000 in a prime area of Williamsburg of where the average rents for a one-bedroom apartment are $3,000 per month.

In an effort to maintain affordability to the elderly residents of Monsignor Alexius Jarka Hall, the People’s Firehouse reached out to St. Nicks Alliance to refinance and renovate the property. This $19-million preservation project will improve conditions for residents and insure the property will maintain its long term affordability. It will continue to provide housing for the most at risk population: very low income elderly.

“It is good to know that in this crisis of affordability, there are political leaders who are willing to step forward to protect low-income housing in our communities, particularly that of some of our most vulnerable residents,” said Daniel Rivera, Executive Director, The People’s Firehouse, Inc.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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