Some Bronx residents now have a new place to call home following a ribbon-cutting event at a new Bedford Green House development in Bedford Park.
Just six months ago, Alexis Reid said living in a building like this felt out of reach. After living in a homeless shelter for a year with her 5-year-old son Cairo, that dream is now a reality. On Thursday, Reid joined Mayor Eric Adams in a ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the opening of the supportive housing building.
“Alexis is the symbol of inspiration as we start the process of reclaiming lives and renewing hope. There are so many communities in our city where hope goes to die, and nothing personifies that more than this beautiful place called the Bronx, ” said Mayor Adams.
Led by the organization Project Renewal, this program follows Mayor Adams’ “Housing our Neighbors” blueprint to get New Yorkers into safe, high quality, affordable homes.
“A year ago, I felt hopeless. I didn’t see, I didn’t foresee all of this. It gave me a chance at a stable foundation and a permanent home and a permanent life for me and my son, ” said Reid.
The 13-story building opened its doors back in January to low-income families who once experienced homelessness, were impacted by mental illness, substance abuse disorders and to people living with HIV and AIDS.
It also provides tenants with on-site services including case management, occupational therapy and horticulture therapy in its rooftop greenhouse.
The CEO of Project Renewal says they plan to begin the second phase of the Bedford Green House development this November.
He says it’s going to add 116 more housing units for low-income seniors, a community medical clinic and a library for children.