Innovative Partnership Creates 500 Affordable Homes with Supportive Services

“This could happen to anyone,” Elizabeth Melendez said as she recalled her journey through homelessness. Following a divorce, she and her three children lost their home and were forced to live in a shelter. “I told them, we have to be brave...it was absolutely horrible." The Melendez family moved into their new home in CAMBA Gardens after temporarily living in a homeless shelter. Elizabeth, who suffers from asthma and debilitating Rheumatoid Arthritis noted, “Being at CAMBA Gardens has made me feel so blessed.”

King County Hospital Center partnered with CAMBA Housing Ventures to develop CAMBA Gardens on an underutilized portion of its medical campus, providing more than 500 affordable and supportive homes. Residents benefit from readily accessible health care at the medical campus, and have access to on-site social services including case management, health and wellness programs, job training, and family services.

At the ribbon cutting, New York Governor Anthony Cuomo stated “A quality home can be one of the most important components to a healthy lifestyle…”

This $165 million affordable housing development anchors the revitalization of Brooklyn’s hospital corridor. Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Inc. (ECLF) provided approximately $2 million in predevelopment financing for both phases of CAMBA Gardens. ECLF’s lending was bolstered by an additional $68 million in Enterprise financing through Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity, as well as grant support. The Enterprise family is proud to support CAMBA Gardens, which serves as a beacon of hope for formerly homeless individuals, as well as low-income families who are housing insecure.

Meet the Melendez family and listen to their story

  • Partnership between King County Hospital Center and CAMBA Housing Ventures
  • 500 affordable homes built to LEED Platinum standard
  • Supportive services including case management, health and wellness programs, job training, and family services
  • One of the first affordable housing deals financed under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough, 10-Year Housing Plan.