YWCA in Boerum Hill to undergo transformation to provide more affordable housing for women

Brooklyn women will soon have brand new facilities at the YWCA in Boerum Hill.

The building is set to undergo a two-year renovation project. YWCA Executive Director Barbara Turk says at the end of the construction, there will be more than 300 apartments for low-income and working women. Turk says right now, inexpensive housing is scarce in downtown Brooklyn. She believes it is the Y?s responsibility to make sure women have affordable places to live.

Currently, 200 women live at the YWCA on Third Avenue. Those residents pay approximately $600 a month for private rooms and share kitchen and bathroom facilities.

As part of the renovations, the fitness center and swimming pool will be removed. Turk says residents who use the fitness center can use the facilities at the YMCA locations on Court Street and in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

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