Last week, the Anderson—an affordable apartment community for victims of domestic violence in the Bronx—opened its doors. Thanks to a non-profit New Destiny, 40 new tenants will be able to live in the $15 million complex, which includes a computer room, a recreation room, a playground, multiple garden areas, a security desk, and an office for social-service resources. The State and Home Community Renewal Office, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s office, and other state and federal agencies helped fund the project.
Grateful residents were selected through a lottery process, and may occupy studios, one-, or two-bedroom apartments. One tenant, Allison, a 35-year-old mother who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child and now struggles with depression, spoke to the New York Post about her new home. “I moved in Sept. 21, two days before my birthday, so it really was like a birthday gift…I was trying to avoid going into the (shelter) system. You don’t want your children going through that process,” she said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to get myself together as far as going back to school and becoming a better person.”
The new apartment complex is a life-altering opportunity for Allison, and its 39 other residents. The Anderson is more than a nice place to live—it’s a manifestation of human kindness and generosity. Let’s hope New Destiny will be able to raise money for more people in need of a fresh start. Click here for the full story.
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