Fifteen Projects to Create Nearly 600 Units of Housing For Veterans, Survivors Of Domestic Violence, Older Adults And Individuals With Mental Illness
Up to $7.5 Million in Funding Still Available for Projects in New York City and Suburbs
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $56.5 million in state funding has been awarded to 15 projects that will provide housing for homeless individuals and families. The projects, funded through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, will create nearly 600 units of permanent supportive housing and 40 emergency shelter beds for veterans, survivors of domestic violence and individuals with mental illness.
The program is still accepting applications for $7.5 million in funding available for projects in New York City and its suburbs - Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties - and for emergency shelter repairs.
"This funding will help provide some of our most vulnerable residents with a safe, stable place to live with access to the support services they need," Governor Cuomo said. "These projects are one more step towards ensuring all New Yorkers have access to affordable housing in their communities."
"My mother was an advocate for victims of domestic violence, and I'm proud to carry on her legacy by helping those in need," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We are committed to investing in affordable housing and support services in New York to help our most vulnerable New Yorkers, including victims of domestic violence, our brave veterans, and individuals with mental illness. This significant funding will help to ensure an affordable, quality place to live and continue our efforts to combat homelessness across the state."
These efforts are part of the Governor's commitment to providing all New Yorkers with access to safe, affordable housing, which 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 more than 100,000 units of affordable housing and 6,000 of supportive housing.
New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Mike Hein said, "Under Governor Cuomo, New York has been a leader in its commitment to the power of supportive housing to overcome homelessness. Investing in projects like these brings us to closer to ensuring all New Yorkers can have access to safe, decent and affordable housing."
Organizations receiving Homeless Housing and Assistance Program funding include:
Opportunities for Broome, Inc., Broome County - $7.5 million
This project will create 27 units and 80 beds of supportive housing for homeless families and individuals. Four existing, dilapidated structures in downtown Binghamton will be rehabilitated for supportive housing. Support services will include information and referrals, counseling, as well as employment, health and educational assistance.
DePaul, Oswego County - $6.6 million
This supportive and affordable housing development will provide a total of 80 units and 148 beds, including 40 supportive housing units and 64 beds for older adults with mental illness experiencing homelessness. This is part of a $26.8 million project that includes new construction of a four-story building with basement parking in downtown Oswego. Support services will include case management, medical care and employment, educational and recreational assistance.
Volunteers of America of Greater NY, Bronx - $6.1 million
This funding will support the development of a $72.8 million supportive and affordable housing development that will create 118 units and 144 beds, including 37 units and 37 beds of permanent supportive housing. Support services will include case management, health services, daily living skills training and financial management.
Concern for Independent Living, Inc., Bronx - $4.9 million
This funding supports the construction of a $64.5 million mixed-use, 12-story building in the Bronx with a total of 106 units and 218 beds, including 47 units and 47 beds of permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals. The project also includes support services, community and commercial space. Support services provided will include crisis intervention, daily living skills training, transportation, recreation and linkage to community-based services.
The Doe Fund, Bronx - $4.9 million
This supportive and affordable housing project will develop a nine-story building with 98 units and 171 total beds, including 49 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals. The total project costs more than $48 million. Support services will include case management, benefits assistance and nutritional and recreational assistance.
Step by Step, St. Lawrence County - $4.5 million
This project involved the renovation of a former school into 20 units and 22 beds of permanent supportive housing. This will include 18 studio apartments for homeless individuals and two apartments for homeless couples. Support services will include case management, self-help groups and health and wellness classes and benefit advisement.
JCTOD, Oneida County - $4.5 million
This supportive and affordable housing development will create 62 units and 90 beds, including 31 one-bedroom supportive housing units for older homeless adults. The $16 million Johnson Park Green Community Apartments will consist of three residential buildings and a fourth building that will be a community center, on four sites surrounding Johnson Park in Utica. Support services include case management, transportation, wellness classes and assistance with daily living.
Catholic Family Center, Monroe County - $4 million
This project will preserve a 40-bed emergency shelter and create nine units of permanent supportive housing for single, adult men with the rehabilitation of the St. Francis Center in Rochester. There will be separate entrances for the emergency shelter and the permanent units. Support services include case management, preventive medical services and support system building.
Delta Development, Erie County - $3.6 million
This supportive and affordable housing development includes a total of 67 units and 125 beds, 21 units for homeless individuals over age 55 in Cheektowaga. Construction of this $21 million project will involve the substantial rehabilitation of a large, mixed-use building that formerly housed a school. Support services include case management, senior social services, physical and behavioral health services, and independent living skills.
CARES, Albany County - $3.3 million
Two new buildings will be constructed in Albany, which will include 15 units and 27 beds of permanent supportive housing, nine one-bedroom and six two-bedroom units, for homeless families and individuals. Eight of the units will be set aside for young adults. Support services will include educational and employment training, financial planning, transportation and youth specific services.
Westhab, Inc., Westchester County - $1.7 million
A six-story residential building with 24 units and 46 beds of permanent supportive housing will be moderately rehabilitated. Proposed renovations include roof replacement, energy efficiency upgrades and replacement of other major building components. Support services will include case management, like skills training, employment readiness and job training.
Christopher Community, Cortland County - $1.5 million
This funding will support the new construction of a $7.5 million, three-story building to create 25 units and 57 beds of permanent supportive housing for homeless families. Support services will include counseling, assistance with obtaining food, furniture and school supplies, financial and legal assistance and access to transportation.
Dimitri House, Monroe County - $1.3 million
A three-story building in Rochester will be substantially rehabilitated to develop six units and six beds of permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals. Support services will include education and vocational training, counseling and crisis intervention, life skills training and food/nutritional assistance.
Volunteers of America of Western New York, Inc., Monroe County - $1.2 million
This will add seven supportive housing studio apartments for chronically homeless individuals to an existing project, known as Cooper Union, which already includes 45 homeless single-room occupancy units. The new first floor studio units will contain a living/ sleeping area and a kitchenette, while bathrooms and shower facilities will be shared. Laundry facilities, storage space, a community meeting room and offices will also be on the first floor. Support services provided include case management, recovery support, educational guidance and job readiness.
New Ground, Inc., Nassau County - $418,000
Funding will be used to extensively rehabilitate a single-family home in Bethpage, creating one unit and five beds of permanent supportive housing for a chronically homeless family in the community. Support services will include information and referrals, employment services, educations services and independent living skills development.
The Homeless Housing Assistance Program provides capital grants and loans to not-for-profit corporations, charitable and religious organizations and municipalities to acquire, construct, or rehabilitate housing for persons who are unable to secure adequate housing without special assistance. The grants are awarded through a competitive process by the New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation, a public benefit corporation staffed by OTDA.