Micro-Apartments for Veterans
July 21, 2016
Resource Furniture is proud to have the opportunity to donate complete home furnishings for eight studio veterans apartments designated for homeless veterans in nArchitect and Monadnock Development’s new Carmel Place micro-apartment building.
Located in the Kips Bay neighborhood of New York City, the nine-story development, designed by nARCHITECTS, is comprised of 55 units, 40% of which are set aside for affordable housing, with eight apartments designated for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH).
The eight veterans’ apartments which range from 276 to 355 square feet, are designed with beautifully designed, high quality, European-made furnishings, including a Penelope Sofa wall bed, designed and made in Italy by Clei. It features a comfortable, five-foot sofa with a hidden queen Murphy bed that seamlessly opens with one hand. Additional furnishings will include a coffee table that converts into a work table and dining table; dining chairs; and additional seating and furnishings. The combination of smartly-designed, multifunctional pieces in each apartment maximize every square foot and will allow these small spaces to function like a home twice the size.
“Each member of our nation’s military deserve a warm welcome, heartfelt gratitude, and a safe home to return to. This admirable donation by Resource Furniture will help veterans living in this development make a smooth transition back to civilian life. I want to thank our partners for helping those who risk their lives for our nation make these homes their own.” said New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been.
“With this donation to veterans apartments, we knew that we had an opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of some of our most vulnerable – and worthy – fellow New Yorkers.” said Steve Spett, Co-Founder of Resource Furniture. “We are providing the same high-end furnishings for the veterans’ apartments as in the market-rate units in the building. We share Mayor De Blasio’s commitment to ending veteran homelessness, and we are honored to be able to do our part.”
In April, 2016 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the official creation of the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services, which will expand the city’s role in serving the needs of its 225,000 veterans.
“Providing housing to our homeless veterans isn’t just about putting a roof over their heads. It’s about giving them the best possible environment to rebuild their lives with the dignity and support that they deserve,” said Retired Brigadier General, Dr. Loree Sutton, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services. “Thanks to Monadnock and Resource Furniture the veterans at Carmel Place will have just such an environment with beautiful new homes, inside and out.”
In addition to the fully-furnished apartments, an all-inclusive living experience, Ollie™, is being provided at no cost to the veterans. All veterans will receive weekly housekeeping and a visit from a Hello Alfred personal butler (performing tasks such as making the bed, re-stocking groceries, doing the dishes, etc.), hi-speed Wi-Fi and standard cable, among other amenities.
All photos courtesy of Mekko Harjo and Ollie.