CLOTH’s Housing Development Department
is dedicated to preserving and developing the housing stock of the Washington Heights neighborhood for low-income families.
Currently, CLOTH owns 557 units and is the largest provider of affordable housing in Washington Heights. CLOTH has rehabilitated and developed over 53 buildings, and has successfully organized and advocated for tenants living in substandard and neglected housing.
It is the goal of CLOTH’s Housing Development Department to improve the quality of life for all residents of Washington Heights by leveraging the unique culture of the neighborhood. CLOTH’s housing and support programs aims to remove barriers between residents and the social services needed for low-income families. Without CLOTH’s development and preservation projects, many tenants would face overcrowded living, which is customary with many Washington Heights low-income families. To create safe and affordable living spaces, tenants live in completely rehabilitated units, stocked with new appliances, floors, doors, and windows, and new major building systems.
In 2013, CLOTH developed the Lucille Bulger Center for Community Life to further access to social services. It is the home to Community Health Academy of the Heights, a Healthcare Network Clinic, and CLOTH educational offices.
In 2015, CLOTH rehabilitated the abandoned 552 Academy Street building and created a safe place to live for 72 families. Development projects, including the Dorothy McGowan Apartments and 2142 Amsterdam, fill a critical community need to provide safe and decent housing for all residents who may need intensive on-site social services.
View CLOTH Housing Fact Sheet.