Morris Park residents continue pushback against neighborhood housing project

The project would turn a vacant Jacobi hospital building into housing for former inmates with complex medical needs.

News 12 Staff

Mar 31, 2023, 11:59 PM

Updated 423 days ago

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Residents in Morris Park are voicing their concerns about a new city housing project in their neighborhood.  
The project is a collaboration between NYC Health + Hospitals and the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development and would turn a vacant Jacobi hospital building on Seminole Avenue into permanent housing for former inmates with complex medical needs.  
The plan would also provide 70 studio apartments of affordable housing with on-site support and security services.  
Those protesting against the project say that the families and children in the area would be at risk if this housing plan was completed.  
“I think we should find other homes for them, because yes, they deserve a chance… but not here,” said Alfie Truchan, a Morris Park resident.  
Local organization The Fortune Society was appointed to manage and provide services for the project and responded with the following statement:
"A fair city is one that ensures all communities are treated equally and that supportive housing and affordable housing should be equitably distributed across New York City."  
Potential tenants in this new housing complex would be screened based on clinical and medical needs.  
The project requires a ground lease and funding, and its earliest estimated opening date is in 2025.    


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