Affordable Green Housing Rises in Brooklyn

Affordable green housing in Brooklyn, New York? Habitat for Humanity-New York City (Habitat-NYC) is working to make that dream a reality with the St. Johns Residences at Ocean Hill-Brownsville, between East New York and Saratoga avenues.

According to the Brooklyn Eagle, these new homes will be the first of more than 100 homes planned by Habitat-NYC for Central Brooklyn, funded in part through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2. In keeping with Habitat-NYC’s green building focus, the homes will be built to both Energy Star and LEED standards.

St. Johns Residences rendering

image via Habitat-NYC

More than 85,000 people, many of them living in economic hardship, call Eastern Brooklyn’s Ocean Hill-Brownsville neighborhood home. This project seeks to meet a community goal of providing “affordable and permanent housing” for residents while simultaneously redeveloping an old building deemed an eyesore by Brooklyn’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), which sold it to Habitat-NYC for $12,000.

The 12 residences will consist of condo-style apartments in a three-story building, which began construction last month. Applications for qualified buyers are available online [PDF].

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.