Announcement Made at Binghamton Housing, Community and Faith-Based Development Conference Designed to Expand Affordable Housing and Revitalize Neighborhoods Throughout the Southern Tier
Awards Include More Than $1 Million to Assist Southern Tier Residents
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $17 million in awards to nonprofit organizations and municipalities to create more than 700 affordable homes and new homeownership opportunities throughout the state. The announcement was made during New York State's Housing, Community and Faith-Based Development Conference. The conference is one of a series of meetings and workshops designed to bring state agency expertise and resources directly to regions. Its goal is to assist local organizations and development partners in creating affordable housing, delivering social services, and reviving downtown communities.
"As we work to strengthen the Upstate economy, New York State must support initiatives that grow affordable housing options and opportunities for homeownership, especially in rural and underserved areas," Governor Cuomo said. "By making unprecedented investments through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative and working closely with nonprofit and faith-based partners, we are bringing government resources directly to localities so they can access the tools and information they need to revitalize their communities."
Today's awards fund 51 projects statewide and leverage an additional $23.9 million in additional public and private funding to assist residents in underserved rural and urban parts of the state. They support the rehabilitation and improvement of 469 homes, the construction of 18 new homes, and provide down payment assistance to help 224 families achieve the dream of homeownership. Funds are provided through New York State Home and Community Renewal’s HOME program, which is designed to increase safe, decent, affordable housing throughout the state.
Awards include more than $1 million to improve and repair the homes of 46 residents in the Southern Tier:
- $300,000 to First Ward Action Council, Inc. to assist 15 very low-income homeowners in Broome County with housing renovations including correcting health hazards and creating more energy efficient homes
- $400,000 to Community Progress, Inc. to provide renovations for up 15 low-income homeowners throughout Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties
- $400,000 for Opportunities for Chenango, Inc. to provide rehabilitation and energy conversation measures to 16 low-income households
Click here to view a full list of awardees.
Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring
Today's announcement accelerates “Southern Tier Soaring,” the region’s blueprint to develop an advanced economy. The State has already invested more than $3.1 billion in the region since 2012 to support the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest.
Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.
Senator Fred Akshar said, "For too long, the Southern Tier has struggled to forge a path to prosperity. I'm encouraged by the Governor’s recent announcements of combined investments in the Southern Tier. It's a good sign for our communities Upstate."
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said, "We are continuing to rebuild our region by diversifying our economy, attracting new businesses, and revitalizing our communities. Quality, affordable housing is a critical component of this effort and I’d like to thank the Governor for making important investments to help make sure families have a decent place to live."
Broome County Executive Debra Preston said, "Creating more affordable housing supports the on-going revitalization of the entire region. We are bringing new life to old buildings, improving neighborhoods, and expanding housing options in Broome County. The funding Governor Cuomo announced today reflects our shared goal of providing economic opportunity to all, and I thank the state for its continued commitment."
Binghamton Mayor Richard David said, "Great things are taking place in Binghamton and throughout our region, and this is just the beginning. I want to thank the Governor for convening agencies here today. This conference brings organizations together, makes government more accessible, and helps our network of strong grassroots organizations make an even greater difference in the lives of Southern Tier residents."
Today’s conference, held at Binghamton University, was co-hosted by New York Homes and Community Renewal, the Governor's Office of Faith-Based Community Development Services and the Governor's Nonprofit Coordination Unit. Representatives from various state agencies, including the Office of Mental Health, Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, Department of Health, and Empire State Development were also in attendance.
Local participants included housing developers, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations. Together the group participated in workshops covering topics such as:
- Building partnerships between nonprofits and affordable housing developers
- Economic opportunity and partnership development
- Increasing homeownership in the Southern Tier
- Successful community revitalization
The Binghamton conference follows conferences held in Utica last October and in Rochester in December. Conferences focus on building capacity of nonprofit and faith-based organizations throughout the state and making government more responsive and accessible.
Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner James S. Rubin said, "The funding the Governor announced today enables precisely the partnerships we are here to talk about. The $17 million in housing awards improves homes and communities, builds on the momentum and the significant resources the Governor has already committed to the Southern Tier. If there were ever a time to be hopeful and optimistic about the future, that time is now."
Executive Director and Deputy Commissioner Governor’s Office of Faith-Based Community Development Services Karim Camara said, "The launch of these conferences by Governor Cuomo last year was significant and timely as there is a need to bring the faith-based community and state government closer. Faith-based leaders have historically been at the center of responding to the needs of people in their communities. By collaborating we can understand the local issues better and support their work. It’s a win-win."
Interagency Coordinator for Not-for-Profit Services Fran Barrett said, "I applaud the Governor for establishing this series of conferences across the state. They provide a dynamic forum for us to have an open dialogue with nonprofit organizations and transform new ideas into reality."
New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts said, "Partnering closely with local nonprofit and faith-based organizations is critical to developing affordable housing, revitalizing communities and increasing economic opportunity for all. Governor Cuomo rightly recognizes the importance of such collaborations and continues to foster this kind of approach in communities across the state. I am grateful to have the opportunity to participate in today’s discussion."
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