Former Prisoner Runs NYC Building For Ex-Inmates, Ex-Homeless


The New York Times profiles former prisoner Chris Carney, 41, who runs Castle Gardens, a 114-unit residence in Harlem that serves the formerly incarcerated and the formerly homeless operated by the Fortune Society. Sixty-three of the apartments at Castle Gardens are set aside for ex-convicts and people who were once homeless; the others are for those who earn less than $46,080 a year.

JoAnne Page, Fortune Society's chief executive and motivating spirit behind Castle Gardens, said Carney stood out from the beginning for the job both because of his carpentry skills “and because of the way he pitched in.” “He's kind of the Pied Piper of the building,” Page said. “His people skills are as important as his handyman skills.”

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