Cardinal Timothy Dolan blesses affordable housing building

Posted: Updated:
THE BRONX -

 Cardinal Timothy Dolan blessed a new affordable housing building in Morrisania Monday.

The building is now called the St. Augustine Terrace because the St. Augustine Church once stood there. Tenants have been living there since September, thanks to the work of Catholic Charities.

 Dolan rang a symbolic bell at the event to mark the connection between the church that served this area for over 100 years and the apartments providing a home for the tenants.

There are 112 units. About 23% of them are three-bedroom units, giving larger families a chance to stay there.

The city's first lady, Chirlane McCray, was in attendance at the blessing and announced 35 of the units will be set aside for adults with mental illness.

The cardinal said providing housing is a responsibility of theirs.

"For us and the Church, this a no-brainer, it's a duty. It's something we are obliged to do,” he said.

Catholic Charities also announced its plans to construct 1,500 to 2,000 more affordable homes in the next 10 years.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."