Part of $175 Million Investment to Provide 2,185 Affordable Homes Across the State
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $10.7 million has been awarded to two affordable housing developments in the Mohawk Valley that will create or preserve 123 affordable homes in Utica and the Village of Herkimer. The funding is part of $175.4 million the State is awarding to build or preserve more than 2,185 affordable apartments and revitalize communities across New York's 10 regions.
"These critical investments will strengthen communities in every corner of the state by creating and preserving affordable homes for families, veterans, seniors and some of our most vulnerable neighbors," Governor Cuomo said. "By strategically revitalizing neighborhoods throughout New York, we can breathe new life into these communities, making them more vibrant places to live for generations to come."
"This significant funding is part of our efforts to add and retain affordable housing across the state," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We want to make sure that all New Yorkers have access to affordable, quality apartments while contributing to the revitalization of communities. The investment is part of our $20 billion housing plan to add affordable and supportive housing in neighborhoods to combat homelessness and enhance quality of life."
The Governor's commitment to providing all New Yorkers with access to safe, affordable housing is reflected in the State's unprecedented $20 billion, five-year Housing Plan. The plan makes housing accessible and combats homelessness by building and preserving 100,000 units of affordable housing, and 6,000 units of supportive housing.
The funds were made available through New York State Homes & Community Renewal's 2018 Unified Funding Application, a streamlined process to apply for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and low-interest loans for affordable, multifamily developments. Projects are funded in every region of the state.
The awards in the Mohawk Valley address the State's housing goal of preserving public housing and includes the construction of a new Head Start daycare center in the Village of Herkimer, and the removal of blight and construction of new affordable and supportive housing by the Kelberman Center in the City of Utica. Awards announced today include:
- Nearly $5.2 million to fund the demolition of the vacant Sunset School and construction of a new four-story building with 60 apartments in Utica. The new homes, which will include 12 apartments set aside for people in need of supportive services, will be affordable to households with incomes below 62 percent of the area median income. The development will include an on-site service office for The Kelberman Center to provide after school, evening and weekend events for the community.
- $5.6 million to fund the substantial rehabilitation of Eastern Garden, a mixed-use public housing development with 48 affordable apartments and the construction of a new building with 15 apartments for a total of 63 apartments in the Village of Herkimer, The apartments will be affordable to households with incomes below 50 percent of the area median income. The project also includes creating a new Head Start classroom on another Herkimer Housing Authority property, allowing an existing community building to revert to use by the residents.
A full list of funding awarded statewide is available here.
RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal said, "The investments announced today are part of $175 million awarded across the State that builds on the momentum and unprecedented resources that Governor Cuomo has committed to improving New York's communities since 2011. Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, we are doing more than ever to increase access to affordable and supportive housing, reduce homelessness, revitalize neighborhoods and strengthen local economies."
Senator Brian Kavanagh, Chair of the Senate Housing Committee said, "We need to make sure New Yorkers across the state have access to good, safe and affordable housing, and today's Unified Funding awards announcement marks an important step toward revitalizing our communities. This funding will help create and preserve affordable housing, and keep people in the neighborhoods they call home."
Senator Joseph Griffo said, "It is good to see that the vacant Sunset School will be demolished and that the property will be redeveloped and transformed into an apartment complex that will provide residents and families with another safe and affordable housing option in Utica. I also am pleased that, as part of this project, The Kelberman Center will have a presence at the site and will provide essential services to residents and community members."
Senator James L. Seward said, "For a community to grow, quality, affordable housing is a necessity. The Eastern Garden project will invigorate Herkimer and play a key role in drawing people to the Mohawk Valley while boosting economic opportunities. The addition of a new Head Start further enhances the project and will mean a great deal to our young families. This investment by New York State Homes and Community Renewal is another strong endorsement of Herkimer's potential for future growth."
Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz, Chair of the Assembly Housing Committee said, "This initiative moves forward our continued commitment to create and preserve affordable and supportive housing stock for all New Yorkers, especially our most vulnerable. I'm pleased that this project will provide seniors, young adults and other New Yorkers with the ability to remain vital and engaged members of our communities."
Assembly Member Marianna Buttenschon said, "This is another win for the Mohawk Valley. Not only will our families have access to more quality, affordable housing, but the project also includes a center that will be a community hub. By investing in revitalization and development, we're letting Mohawk Valley families know that the region is only going to grow stronger and offer a brighter future for our children."
Assembly Member Robert Smullen said, "By protecting and improving affordable housing in our region, we are strengthening our communities while looking out for our friends and neighbors in need. Access to quality affordable housing benefits our veterans, seniors and countless others while ensuring that everyone receives the highest-quality services in our neighborhoods. This is a step in the right direction and I applaud the funds that have been awarded."