The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is soliciting bids from private developers to build more affordable housing at several publicly owned sites, including the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene and the Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville.
NYCHA issued a request for proposals (RFP) last week for building on the vacant sites, which also includes a NYCHA location the Bronx. The plan calls for buildings containing 100 percent affordable housing for seniors and families making up to 60 percent of the area median income, or $46,000 for a family of three.
The move is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to build the city’s affordable housing stock in the face of chronic NYCHA deficits and a dearth of federal funding.
“We must use every tool at our disposal to preserve public housing and create more affordable housing opportunities for seniors and families that are trying to make ends meet,” said NYCHA general manager Michael Kelly, in announcing the plan.
All told, NYCHA hopes to create around 500 new apartments at the three sites.