Monday, April 15, 2019

How to use excess church property?

James Jennings worked two jobs in New York City, but still could not afford an apartment, so he lived in his car for six years. But not anymore. He now lives at St. Augustine Terrace at Fulton Ave. and 167th Street in the Bronx. It's a 112 unit apartment house for low-income families developed by the Catholic church on land it owns. The Archdiocese says it's about much more than helping Bronx families make ends meet. "It provides peace of mind."

Thirty-five units are earmarked for adults with mental illness. It's also certified energy and environmentally friendly, which produce cost savings. Referencing the season of Lent leading up to Easter, Father Dolan said, "Lent is about fasting, but this is the kind of fasting I want. Housing the oppressed and homeless." Meanwhile Jennings, 53, who has a studio in the new building, says he has several health issues. Nevertheless, he says he feels "inspired every day."

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