Vital Brookdale in Brooklyn, NY won a 2023 Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award in the Green and Healthy Housing category.
The development of Vital Brookdale brought 160 affordable homes and 25,000 square feet of health-focused community space to the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The property is the first housing project completed under New York State’s “Vital Brooklyn Initiative,” launched to address chronic social, economic, and health disparities in Brooklyn’s high-need communities. A portion of the development’s homes are designated supportive housing units, reserved for youth aging out of foster care, individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and formerly homeless individuals. Vital Brookdale provides health and wellness resources and other supportive services on-site, including a community room, game room, library, resident co-working spaces, and community job training programming. An outpatient medical office associated with Brookdale Hospital, an adjacent local hospital, and a food training program integrated with the outdoor gardening area are also available for residents to access on-site.
The property was developed by MDG Design + Construction, Smith & Henzy Advisory Group, and The New York Foundling, and financed through direct investment from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.