Part of $175 Million Investment to Provide 2,185 Affordable Homes Across the State
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $24.8 million has been awarded to three affordable housing developments on Long Island that will create or preserve 175 affordable homes. 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 KathyHochul. "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 Long Island will achieve the State's housing goal of providing affordable housing and housing with support services for homeless adults, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities, as well as housing in close proximity to public transit. Awards announced today include:
- $9.2 million for Gleneagle Green at Bellport in the Town of Brookhaven, creating 70 affordable homes, 11 of which will serve persons with disabilities, in a transit oriented development.
$8.9 million for Concern Southampton in the Town of Southampton creating 60 units of affordable and supportive housing for workforce housing and supportive housing for veterans and persons with disabilities.
- $6.7 million for Bergen Place in the Village of Freeport, creating 45 senior and supportive homes. 14 apartments will be reserved for formerly homeless frail or elderly seniors.
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 John Brooks said, "This is an important step in securing a higher quality of life for so many among us who struggle with affordability and access to necessary systems of support. I applaud the Governor on this initiative and stand with him in working towards bolstering our neighborhoods so that family, friendship, and community can become more accessible to all."
Senator Monica Martinez said, "With the cost of living on the rise, it is important to support our communities by making it more feasible for all populations to remain on Long Island."
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 Joseph DeStefanosaid, "Affordable housing is always a critical need, and that is why I am so proud to see the work being done in the Town of Brookhaven to provide this necessity to New Yorkers in their greatest time of need. By strengthening our communities, we can ensure that all Long Island residents - young, old, and everyone in between - have the services they need to thrive."
Assembly Member Judy Griffin said, "This critical funding will ensure that Long Islanders are able to afford to stay on Long Island. I am thrilled that housing will be provided to senior citizens and homeless individuals living in my district at Bergen Point, Freeport and that so many Long Island veterans will benefit from this wonderful program. I thank Governor Cuomo for providing the funding to build and preserve affordable housing on Long Island."
Assembly Member Fred W. Thiele said, "The availability of affordable housing for veterans with disabilities and those with psychiatric disabilities is in short supply on the East End, and the adverse impacts from this shortage must be addressed. I am pleased that the Governor recognizes this critical housing gap with $8.9 million in funding to create new, supportive homes in our community."