June 6th marked a special day for CUCS!
We celebrated the opening of The Sydelle, our newest supportive housing residence in the Bronx, on a bright, sunny June morning. Located at 600 East 181st Street in the Bronx, the newly constructed building provides 107 homes and on-site support services to homeless and low-income individuals and families, including people with complex psychiatric and medical needs.
“For three decades CUCS has been committed to helping families and individuals exit homelessness and rise from poverty. Our integrated support services at the Sydelle will help those who now call it home to rebuild their lives,” CUCS President and CEO Tony Hannigan said.
CUCS’ Board Chair Julie Sandorf and CEO Tony Hannigan gave welcoming remarks and we were honored to have Commissioner Vicki Been, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development; Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts, NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; Commissioner Ann Sullivan, NYS Office of Mental Health; Deputy Executive Commissioner Gary Belkin, NYS Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Laverne Rogers, a resident at CUCS’ Lenniger Residence; Brenda Rosen, CEO Breaking Ground; Julie Kende, Enterprise Community Partners; and Sydelle Ostberg speak during the ceremony.
Mayor Bill de Blasio also joined CUCS in announcing the opening of the new residence. “Homeless New Yorkers face countless daily challenges, and finding a safe place to sleep each night should not be one of them. Developments like the Sydelle provide life-changing services to people in need. This is a model of supportive housing we stand behind, and a model upon which we will continue to build,” said the mayor.
Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts presented CUCS with a plaque in recognition of the event. He added, “Supportive housing is a proven tool in helping to stabilize the lives of homeless individuals and families. The housing and services tenants will receive at the Sydelle will have long-term, positive impacts on their lives. Congratulations to CUCS and all of our partners that were involved in bringing this much-needed project to fruition.”
Some of the on-site services include crisis prevention and intervention, entitlements and legal assistance, household management and coaching, employment assistance, as well as primary medical care and psychiatric services.
We are excited to welcome the new residents and look forward to 107 stories of success and transformation!
To see more of the ribbon cutting ceremony at the beautiful building, check out the slideshow below.