Tuesday, July 16, 2013
From the Daily News:
A unique housing complex is slated to go up this fall in southeast Queens for grandparents spending their golden years raising children.
The Calvary Baptist Church, in Jamaica, recently secured funding for the $15.6 million, 53-unit housing project for low-income seniors and grandparents.
The project, one of the only ones of its kind in the city, will be built at Guy R. Brewer Blvd. at 112th Rd. It is being funded through a combination of public and private sources and subsidized with $11 million in state-issued low-income housing tax credits.
“There are more and more grandparents who are becoming full-time caregivers,” said Mary Covington, who is spearheading the project for the church. “There are grandparents who do not have proper housing for their grandchildren.”
Many of them live in senior housing — where children are often not permitted — or in one-bedroom apartments, she said.
The five-story project will provide free, on-site childcare, counseling and handicap-accessible one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Some of the units will go to seniors without kids.