Renaissance Village Provides 123 Units of Affordable Housing for Low-Income and Formerly Homeless New Yorkers
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of Renaissance Village, a $51.9 million, 123-unit affordable and supportive housing development in Suffolk County. Developed by Concern for Independent Living, Renaissance Village features one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments including 50 units for homeless individuals with disabilities.
"Supportive housing helps ensure some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers have access to the services they need, while also greatly reducing the associated costs of care," Governor Cuomo said. "This development will help residents live on their own with easy access to the care they require, and support our efforts to build a stronger, healthier New York for all."
Located at 12 Renaissance Boulevard in Middle Island, the project created 10 new buildings that include 123 apartments. There are 30 studio and 20 one-bedroom apartments providing permanent supportive housing for homeless adults with disabilities. Support services provided on site include medication management training, symptom management, financial assistance, vocational training and rehabilitative counseling.
The remaining apartments are affordable housing for low-income individuals and families. The project also includes a community center with exercise room, computer room and community space, in addition to on-site laundry facilities.
The construction of Renaissance Village included $25 million in tax exempt bonds from New York State Homes and Community Renewal's Housing Finance Agency. The project also received a $1 million subsidy loan from HCR as well as an allocation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits and State Low Income Housing Credits that has produced over $18 million in tax credit equity.
The New York State Office of Mental Health awarded the development $10.6 Million in capital funds, as well as a $420,000 Program Development Grant to cover furnishings and other start-up costs. OMH is also providing approximately $775,000 in ongoing annual operating and services costs. The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program contributed $7.5 million, while Bank of America provided a $2.2 million subsidy loan and Suffolk County contributed $1.5 million.
Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts said, "Governor Cuomo has made it clear that we must do more to create supportive and affordable housing for vulnerable New Yorkers and Renaissance Village is helping us accomplish that goal. This development marks another successful project and we're proud to have worked closely once again with our private, as well as state and local government partners."
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, "Renaissance Village offers 123 affordable homes and the services residents need to live independently and productively in the community. Thank you to Concern for Independent Living and our State agency partners for bringing the Governor's vision of quality housing for all New Yorkers to life in Renaissance Village.
Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan said, "Renaissance Village is a great example of what can be accomplished when State agencies partner with local governments and with the private sector to build affordable and supportive housing. This development will provide 50 safe, stable homes with support services for people living with mental illness who had been homeless, and help them to recover and become independent and successful members of their community."
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, "Across New York, Governor Cuomo is investing in affordable housing to ensure that every New Yorker has a place to call home. This development is a wonderful addition to our efforts to provide housing and services to Long Islanders in need."
Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker said, "I was pleased to join Concern for Independent Living at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Renaissance Village in Middle Island, which will provide 123 individuals and families with housing, giving a preference to our local veterans. This housing project has received immense support from the surrounding communities, as Ralph Fasano and Concern for Independent Living are praised for their work and positive contributions throughout Suffolk County."
Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine said, "Concern for Independent Living has an excellent track record of providing housing for those who need it most, and I thank the Governor for his support to help bring Renaissance Village to fruition in Brookhaven Town. The downturn in our economy left so many people homeless who have not been able to get back on their feet again. It's been especially hard times for those with disabilities who struggle every day to get by."