Acacia & Phipps Open New Affordable Housing in the Bronx

Acacia Network and Phipps Houses Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Open New Affordable Housing in the Bronx


– The new Santaella Gardens development honors Justice Irma Vidal Santaella, the first Puerto Rican female to serve on the New York Supreme Court –


– Interviews available in English & Spanish –


(Bronx, NY) – On International Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 8th, the nonprofits Acacia Network and Phipps Houses will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open Santaella Gardens, located in the Soundview section of the Bronx. The building is named after trailblazer Justice Irma Vidal Santaella, the first Puerto Rican woman to serve on the New York Supreme Court. It provides 249 units for New Yorkers earning low to moderate incomes and individuals who formerly experienced homelessness.

WHAT:           Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Santaella Gardens, an affordable housing development by Acacia Network and Phipps Houses

WHEN:           Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 11 AM

WHERE:         1230 Metcalf Avenue, Bronx, NY (Soundview)


Lymaris Albors, CEO, Acacia Network

Raul Russi, President, Acacia Network

Adam Weinstein, President & CEO, Phipps Houses

Representatives from Dattner Architects

Borough President Vanessa Gibson and other local elected officials

Members of Justice Santaella’s family and building residents



About Acacia Network

Acacia Network is one of the leading human services organizations in New York City and the largest Hispanic-led nonprofit in the State, serving over 150,000 individuals of all ages through integrated, culturally-competent, and trauma-informed services in the areas of health, housing, economic development, social services, and cultural revitalization. Our Network currently comprises more than 100 affiliates and over 2,700 employees across four boroughs in New York City, Buffalo, Albany, and Syracuse in New York State, as well as Connecticut, Maryland, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit:


About Phipps Houses

Phipps Houses is the oldest and largest not-for-profit developer, owner, and manager of affordable housing in New York City. Its social services affiliate, Phipps Neighborhoods, provides children, youth and families in low-income neighborhoods the opportunities they need to thrive through comprehensive workforce and education programs, and access to community and economic empowerment services. Together they are changing lives in New York City. For more info, visit:

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