[Regional Administrator Patton speaks at the ribbon cutting event]
Regional Administrator Patton speaks at the ribbon cutting event.

Regional Administrator Lynne Patton spoke at the ribbon cutting for 603 Mother Gaston Blvd, a 101-unit supportive housing complex built on a former parking lot owned by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). HUD funded project-based Section 8 vouchers awarded through NYCHA will subsidize 75 of the units in the building, 30 of which will be set aside for formerly homeless families. Of the remaining 71 units, 25% will be reserved for those on the NYCHA site-based waiting list. The first floor will contain approximately 3,500 sf for a community room, computer/multi-purpose room, conference room, staff offices, counseling rooms and a clinic. Services include support and assistance to individuals and families to enable them to maintain independent housing and to live responsibly in a safe, secure environment and to integrate with other residents in the building that are not in need of services. In addition, a mental health clinic is proposed and will be staffed with a Certified Psychologist and Social Workers. Diabetes prevention, legal services, and family support services will be made available to all residents.

The development generated $1.8 million in revenue for NYCHA, used for repairs at the adjacent Van Dyke Houses, including new lobby tile, hallway paint, and appliances for residents. Because of HUD's Section 3 program, 25 NYCHA residents were hired into permanent positions during the construction of the complex. Multiple public and private partners provided funding and support, including New York State Homes and Community Renewal, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the New York City Housing Development Corporation, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York City Human Resources Administration, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. Private partners include BNY Mellon, Chase, and RBC Capital. The program concluded with remarks by a resident, who expressed her immense gratitude and hope about the transformational impact the project would have. To learn more about HUD's project-based voucher program for public housing authorities, click here. For information about Section 3, visit


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