CAMBA Gardens Phase I Named ‘Project of the Year’ by CSH

The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) named CAMBA Gardens Phase I its “Project of the Year” on March 28.

Developed by CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc., CAMBA Gardens is a $66.8 million, 209-unit, LEED Platinum, transit-oriented, affordable and supportive housing development on the Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) campus in Wingate, Brooklyn.

“CAMBA is deeply honored to receive this tribute,” said Joanne M. Oplustil, President and CEO of CAMBA and CAMBA Housing Ventures. “We are especially grateful to CSH for their visionary 2005 white paper that highlighted the benefits of developing affordable and supportive housing on underutilized surplus hospital property.”

She added, “CSH and CAMBA Housing Ventures (CHV) saw an innovative solution in bringing the two sectors together, and CHV worked closely with Kings County Hospital and HHC to create housing on the hospital’s surplus land, making this vision a reality and model for the rest of the nation.”

CAMBA Gardens represents a new national model for partnerships between public hospitals, nonprofit developers, social service providers and community stakeholders. It reused underutilized surplus hospital property, which provided revenue for KCHC and New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation while providing tenants with access to high-quality preventative healthcare at KCHC. Comprehensive on-site supportive services are provided by CAMBA.