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A 17-unit housing development on Bathgate Avenue opened its doors to veterans in September. So far, 14 of the 17
studio apartments in the Bridge Gardens complex are housing veterans who were once homeless.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates there are about 2,000 homeless veterans in New York City and nearly 50,000 nationwide. Still, there’s been a 33 percent decrease in the number of homeless veterans since 2010.
It has been nearly two years since Superstorm Sandy destroyed his family’s home, but much of Josh Suben’s life is still up in the air.
Suben, 60, an architect and Seagate neighborhood resident, says he has struggled to regain everything he lost, including the Atlantic Avenue beach-front home — value estimated at $600,000 — where he and his family of five lived for the previous 11 years.
But his fate, like that of thousands of New Yorkers, rests in the hands of the city’s Build it Back program, established by former-Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help rebuild or restore the lost or damaged homes of local Sandy victims.
Luxury home builders continue to snap up real estate in the city as more people abandon the suburbs for urban life. But rising rent and real estate costs threaten to price out residents at various income levels.