A prisoner re-entry agency that operates a residential housing facility in West Harlem is building an environmentally friendly affordable housing complex for ex-offenders next door, reported multi-housingnews.com. The Fortune Society’s existing Fortune Academy offers programs and transitional housing beds for formerly incarcerated individuals. The agency has enlisted Jonathan Rose Cos. to co-develop the planned expansion, expected for completion in early 2011. The new 110,000 square foot complex will include permanent supportive housing units, housing units for low-income families, and an additional 25,000 square feet of program space for job-training and other services. Jonathan Rose has selected Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP to design the complex to complement the historic character of the Fortune Academy. Rose Cos. will be assembling the financing and managing the project’s construction.
The Durham, N.C., Criminal Justice Resource Center and the Durham Affordable Housing Coalition have launched a new vocational training program for ex-offenders, reported The Herald-Sun. Project Restore participants spend five of their 12 weeks in the program in class and seven weeks doing home repairs for elderly and disabled people. For example, the group just finished building ramps for a woman in a wheelchair. Participants earn $225 a week and emerge with construction, carpentry, and home-repair skills, the article said. According to an official with the Durham Affordable Housing Coalition, many groups will be involved in the program, including Operation Breakthrough, a provider of services to low-income people, and, possibly, Habitat for Humanity.