In May, nonprofit community service organization Goddard Riverside acquired 235 West 107th Street, also known as the Morningside Inn. Members of the West 107th Street Block Association spoke last week to Goddard executives about their intention to develop the property, originally a 95-unit SRO, and to preserve its past use as permanent affordable housing.
Goddard’s plan is to create about 82 units for single people, with shared kitchenettes and at least one bathroom for every two units. Forty percent of the units are expected to be affordable low-income housing. Sixty percent will be supportive housing for men and women exiting homelessness. Those tenants, assessed by Goddard’s Homeless Outreach team for suitability for permanent housing, may have mental illness, physical disability, and substance abuse problems.
The building will undergo significant renovation, likely to begin in January or February 2022, before transitioning to its new use in 2023. In the meantime, a new superintendent is maintaining the facility. Current occupants of the building include seven SRO tenants, who will be permitted to stay permanently, and eight people temporarily placed there by the Department of Homeless Services.
As Goddard finalizes building plans, it will share them with the public via presentations to Community Board 7. To learn about Goddard’s programs, and for additional details about 235 West 107th Street as they become available, visit goddard.org.