New building to combine shelter space, low-income housing

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Construction is underway at the site of new housing in the Bronx as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to combat homelessness.

"Turning the Tide" is City Hall's program to give homeless and low-income New Yorkers more quality places to live, and the building under construction on Landing Road is the first in the ambitious plan.

The goal is to have the site provide affordable and temporary housing. There's also a plan to give 200 homeless Bronx residents a place to live that's close to where they're from, so they won't be far from family and resources.

A permanent housing component is part of the plan as well, with more than 100 apartments available. There's a kitchen where residents can train for jobs, outdoor space and on-site laundry.

Organizers say Bronx residents will be given priority at the residence. Twenty-four apartments will be available in a lottery.

The shelter part of the building is set to open in November. The housing is expected to follow by the beginning of 2018.

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