Kingsbridge Terrace Veterans Community – NYHC

Name of the organization: OCV Architects for the Jericho project

Project title: Kingsbridge Terrace Veterans Community

Project location: Bronx, New York

The project’s objectives :
An important goal in developing this supportive housing building was to create a place that fosters stability and community for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and veterans with a history of homelessness and of drug addiction. OCV Architects worked closely with Jericho Project during the planning stages to create a highly sustainable, energy-efficient building that not only provides green supportive housing, but also council, service and community development spaces. essential to the success of veterans. At the time of completion, Kingsbridge Terrace was one of the first homes for homeless veterans to be built in New York State in more than 15 years, enabling the Jericho Project to provide much-needed services to these chronically underserved groups.

Project description:
Located adjacent to the Bronx VA, this veterans residence offers 76 supportive green housing units featuring green roofs, permeable hardscapes, energy-efficient HVAC systems and appliances, a microturbine that generates electricity and heat and low impact materials. The irregular nature of the site, with its 22-foot drop from corner to corner, provided challenges as well as opportunities for innovation. The building references the triangular shape and gentle curve of the site, providing expansive views and multiple levels of outdoor space for the enjoyment of residents and staff. With common rooms, gardens, a basketball court, fitness room and computer lab, the residence is designed to create a sense of community among veterans of all eras. Residents receive professional, on-site employment, family reunification, and mental health counseling, including state-of-the-art programs addressing the invisible wounds of modern warfare, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury.

Impact on the community:
This highly sustainable and progressive building is “…a shining example of what supportive housing can be: modern, strategic and effective in enabling homeless veterans to regain their dignity,” said Tori Lyon, Executive Director of Jericho. Project, from Kingsbridge Terrace. . It is a project that prioritizes the health and well-being of veterans through the high quality of life and social services it provides. The project allows those who have served their country and suffered the trauma of war and its aftermath to regain the stability and support necessary for successful reintegration into civilian life, in the long term. The building’s success was recognized by the Supportive Housing Network of New York with an award for Best Supportive Housing.

Description of the organization:
OCV Architects has been designing innovative, sustainable buildings for chronically underserved populations in New York City and the state for over 30 years. Since its founding in 1986, OCV has remained firmly committed to community development. Through the construction, renovation and rehabilitation of thousands of low- and middle-income, supportive housing units, OCV has helped transform the story of housing in New York City. Founded in 1983, Jericho Project helps New York’s most vulnerable homeless people through supportive housing and comprehensive services to thousands of people suffering from chronic homelessness and substance abuse. Jericho Project strives to end homelessness at its roots by creating a community that inspires individual change, promotes lasting independence, and motivates men and women to reach their greatest potential. It has long been proven: 95% of clients maintain housing stability and 90% of Jericho residents affected by substance abuse maintain sobriety.

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