Yesterday, Breaking Ground and project partners gathered to celebrate the opening of Park House, our first ground-up, all-affordable residence for families with children. Park House represents Breaking Ground’s expansion into standalone affordable housing and homelessness prevention.
For decades, Breaking Ground has been serving individuals living on the streets by providing high-quality housing with on-site supports to help people come indoors where they can build and restore their lives - that work continues today. But confronted with New York City’s affordable housing crisis, we knew we had to do more. In recent years, we were alarmed at the number of families falling into homelessness and we carefully considered options for helping to help prevent homelessness. Right at the top of the list was expanding affordable housing resources for low- and very low-income families. Park House is only the beginning, one of many sites in our development pipeline across New York City, with much more housing to come for families at risk of homelessness.
Located at 4275 Park Avenue, Park House delivers 248 units of affordable housing to the Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx with more than half of the apartments featuring two- or three-bedrooms. Designed by the renowned COOKFOX Architects, Park House echoes the neighborhood’s beautiful masonry apartment buildings and helps instill a sense of pride and dignity for residents who for years were without secure, stable housing.