Harlem River Preservation

Harlem, Manhattan


Units: 693

Residents: NYCHA residents

Partners: West Harlem Group Assistance, Curtis+Ginsberg Architects, L&M Builders Group, C&C Apartment Management, Presbyterian Senior Services

In early 2020, Settlement Housing was selected by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to lead the rehabilitation of two adjacent public housing developments, Harlem River Houses and Harlem River II, which run along Macombs Place and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard between W. 151st and W. 153rd Street. Built in 1937, Harlem River Houses includes 574 apartments across seven buildings and was the first federally funded public-housing development in New York City. Harlem River II was built in 1966 and includes 116 apartments in one building. As part of the construction process, Settlement Housing Fund will construct three additional apartments in Harlem River Houses.

The rehabilitation of Harlem River Houses and Harlem River II are part of the NYCHA’s Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) program, which harnesses public and private funding to bring meaningful upgrades to buildings and apartments. Under PACT, tenants’ rights are protected, and their apartments remain affordable in the long-term.

Settlement Housing Fund closed on financing for the rehabilitation work in February 2022 and began construction in March 2022. We regularly meet with building tenants for input on building issues and concerns, and are working with our co-developer, West Harlem Group Assistance, and our design, construction and management partners, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, L&M Builders and C&C Management, to ensure the construction process runs smoothly.

Future vacancies will be filled by the NYCHA waitlist.

For additional information about the project, including recorded Town Hall Meetings for residents, please visit the Harlem River Preservation website: harlemriver.org