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Ministers turn East Harlem eyesores into affordable housing, jobs

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EAST HARLEM – A group of ministers have fathered in Harlem to turn neighborhood eyesores into affordable housing, affordable childcare and jobs that are available right now.

PIX11 News was given an exclusive look Thursday at a new high-rise on 153rd Street in Harlem that boasts 51 afford housing units. It wasn’t always live-in ready, but then the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement grabbed a hold of it.

The nonprofit was started three decades ago by minister. Now, what used to make the neighborhood look bad serves families that need it the most.

The group’s newest project on 153rd Street is set to open in July. Eight of the families moving in were formerly homeless; eight are currently living with HIV.

There’s also a new day care that will serve 150 toddlers, focusing on serving low-income families. They are taking applications now at this website, and offered dozens of jobs.