The thought of using surplus property on hospital campuses was put forth as a policy concept by CSH in a white paper written in 2005. This week CSH participated in a ceremony to mark the official opening of CAMBA Gardens I and the start of construction on CAMBA Gardens II. Both supportive housing residences are located on the campus of Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. The project, which took a village of financing partners from the State of NY, City of New York and other financial institutions, including CSH, will provide over 500 units of much needed affordable housing for families and individuals.
Deb De Santis noted at the ceremony, “CAMBA Gardens is a testament to the notion that housing is healthcare. Everyone who lives here will not only have access to quality healthcare right next door, but will have one of the most critical determinants of health, a place to call home.
CSH is proud to have been a part of both CAMBA Gardens I & II, a national model of supportive housing, and now home for hundreds of New York’s most vulnerable individuals and families.”
Elizabeth Melendez, a single mom who along with her children now calls CAMBA Gardens home, expressed her gratitude to everyone who made her home a reality saying, “thank you for saving my life.”