Casimiro Torres, Gardens Superintendent at The Fortune Society

Fortune’s Castle Gardens Provides Housing, Counseling, And A Platform For Building A Life

Sunday, November 8, 2015

There are few places that offer real assistance to those who have been incarcerated and are trying to get their lives back on track — or even those who are building a life for the very first time. Castle Gardens is one of those places.

Completed in 2010 and owned by The Fortune Society, Castle Gardens not only provides stable supportive housing for the formerly incarcerated, but also a real option in terms of affordable housing for the community.

Located at 625 West 140 St., the 110,000-sq.-ft. Castle Gardens is adjacent to the not-for-profit Fortune Academy (“The Castle”), a nationally recognized residence for homeless individuals with a history of incarceration.

The 11-story Castle Gardens offers 114 units (including 50 studio units) of affordable, permanent rental housing to Fortune clients and other low-income residents. All units are designated for residents earning below 60% of area median income, while rental subsidies through Section 8 and NY/NY III make many of the units affordable to residents with little or no income. In addition to residences, the new building also includes 20,000 square feet of office, meeting, and community space to house supportive service programs for the residents.

The Fortune Society's Castle Gardens, which provides stable supportive housing for the formerly incarcerated

Castle Gardens

The building follows rigorous green design standards. An extensive green roof features a rain water harvesting system and allows residents to take advantage of unobstructed views of the Hudson River.

Every year, thousands of men and women are released from jails and prisons with no place to go and no preparation for reentry into society. Many of these folks have family to support who may also be in need of stable, supportive housing. Castle Gardens not only provides the housing, the counseling, and/or the needed trainings, but in doing so, it also provides a platform for building a life.

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