UNHP is still buzzed from our Reclaiming Our Community Thru Affordable Housing, Art and Services Day on June 19th. The trifecta of events started with a lunch and training for superintendents about the services we offer for tenants, then a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the brilliant honeycomb mural created for UNHP by noted artist, The Royal KingBee and finally a well-attended Community Resource Fair for tenants, homeowners, and senior citizens.
All three events took place at 45-67 West Tremont Avenue, a building that was once abandoned and vacant. The building was reclaimed and renovated using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) in 1990 with UNHP as part of its ownership structure and oversight. Today, 45-67 West Tremont Avenue provides affordable rental homes to 51 low-income families. UNHP Director of Finance and Real Estate, Johanna C. Kletter and Asset Manager, Brendan Mitchell work with our management partner, Dougert Management to ensure that the properties are well maintained and upgraded as needed. Fifteen years after the initial gut renovation, the building was improved with significant energy efficiency upgrades including a new boiler, windows, and roof. When the property became a target for unwanted graffiti, UNHP sought out and engaged the renowned Bronx Artist The Royal KingBee to create murals for the properties in his iconic Bee-utiful style. The local paper, The Norwood News was on hand to capture the mural reveal and interviewed the artist as well as some of the people, past and present, who are part of the building’s transformation story. Read the Norwood News article here.
Reclaiming our Community thru Affordable Housing, Art and Services, highlighted the spectacular KingBee mural, UNHP’s commitment to create and preserve affordable housing for Bronx residents and our work to bring resources to the community. UNHP and our partners, NYC Legal Aid Society, NYC Department of Finance, POTS, Chase, Capital One, Amalgamated Bank, Ariva Ready to Rent, Human Rights Commission and NWBCCC Weatherization Assistance were available to offer a range of services and information to the over 60 Bronx residents who attended the Community Resource Fair. UNHP was lucky enough to have two gifted photographers at the event; amateur Yoelvis Marte and professional photographer Dana Ullman - so we will let the pictures tell this trifecta story.
The day was a joyful and purpose-filled one. A day where we took time to have some fun, celebrate our history and then jump right back into our mission-driven work to create and preserve affordable housing and bring needed resources to our northwest Bronx community. UNHP invites you to check out our social media platforms, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more photos and quotes from KingBee fans and neighborhood residents. Reclaiming our Community thru Affordable Housing, Art and Services was generously sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.