The Children’s Village President and CEO Dr. Jeremy Kohomban testified before the NYC Council’s Committee on Juvenile Justice on September 21. Citing research and frontline experience, his testimony highlighted the critical need for family engagement to the long-term success of youth involved with the justice system. Dr. Kohomban concluded with three specific recommendations. More Info
The Children’s Village built and continues to operate The D’Assern Housing complex in Dobbs Ferry, which has 112 affordable housing units located just off The Children’s Village residential campus. The units are part of a Mitchell-Lama rental housing project built in the early 1970s. The apartments range from studios to three-bedroom units in 14 two-story garden-style buildings on a 7 acre site. Children living in the apartments attend the Dobbs Ferry Public schools, and The Children’s Village’s school district, Greenburgh 11, pays full tuition for each child who lives in these apartments, which ranges from $500,000 to close to $1 million annually.
Thanks to $4.9 million in financing by the New York State Housing Finance Agency and the New York State Housing Corp, the complex was renovated in 2010. Renovations included replacement of roofs, installation of new windows, new sidewalks and driveways, new boilers, new kitchen and bath fixtures, and electrical wiring.
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who supported this award, stated: “This is a community investment with immeasurable benefits and signals a strong commitment from all of us working together for affordable housing. The key to maintaining the economic well-being of our communities is providing affordable housing for working families, and I am pleased that the New York State Housing Finance Agency and New York State Affordable Housing Corporation has awarded this significant grant to The Children’s Village in support of a much needed renovation project.”
In the fall of 2016, the Children’s Village will open a 10-story mixed-used building with 60 units of affordable housing (including 12 units of supportive housing for youth) and 16,000 square feet of program and administrative space for Harlem Dowling-West Side Center and The Children’s Village. Located on the northeast corner of 127th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd., the apartments will be open to youth ages 18-24 who are current participants in a CV program or are an alumni of a CV program. A ground-breaking ceremony for the building was held October 22, 2014.