Eight Projects in Seven Counties Will Create 215 Housing Units for Homeless New Yorkers
Grants Will Also Fund Necessary Repairs at Three Existing Emergency Shelters on Long Island
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $29.6 million in state funding has been awarded to eight projects that will provide homeless veterans, survivors of domestic violence and individuals with mental illness with permanent housing and support services. The grants, awarded through the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's Homeless Housing Assistance Program, will create 215 supportive housing units in seven counties and fund necessary repairs at three emergency shelters in Suffolk County.
"These projects will provide much-needed housing and critical services to vulnerable New Yorkers, helping them achieve stability and giving them a chance at a better life," Governor Cuomo said. "Across the state, we are investing in supportive housing projects to help revitalize communities and end the homeless crisis once and for all."
"My mother was an advocate for victims of domestic violence in the 1970's, long before many of the protections we now have were put in place," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "I'm proud to carry on her legacy with New York leading the nation in our fight against domestic violence. We've aggressively invested in services and programs to support our most vulnerable New Yorkers, including victims of domestic violence, our brave veterans, and individuals with mental illness. This housing funding will help to ensure an affordable, quality place to live for all New Yorkers and continue our efforts to combat homelessness across the state."
The projects - located in Oneida, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Broome, Bronx, Warren, and Livingston counties - are also supported through other funding sources. In total, they represent a $198 million investment that will add a total of 472 units of affordable and supportive housing throughout the state.
Seven of the projects have already received support from the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI). Funding awarded through ESSHI can be used to provide support services and operating funds.
Organizations receiving Homeless Housing and Assistance Program funding include:
Concern for Independent Living, Bronx County - $4.9 million
This funding, when combined with other sources, will develop 42 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals with psychiatric disabilities. This is part of a $31.6 million affordable housing development, including theconstruction of a seven-story building with 69 units, community space and staff offices. Concern for Independent Living will provide support services including case management; goal planning; benefits assistance; crisis intervention; life skills training; parenting skills training; budgeting and financial planning assistance; vocational counseling; job placement and supported employment; wellness self-management; and linkages to other necessary services.
Breaking Ground, Bronx County - $2.7 million
This funding, when combined with other sources, will develop 47 units of supportive housing in the Bronx for single adults with a severe mental illness. This is part a $75 million project to construct Betances House, a nine-story building with 133 studio units and 22 one-bedroom units. The DreamYard Project will operate a Universal Pre-K Program in the community space. Support services will be provided by Center for Urban Community Services and will include: case management; assistance with medication administration; therapeutic workshops; substance use disorder services; tobacco cessation; wellness management; employment and educational services; and long-term planning. Free onsite primary medical and psychiatric services will be provided by Janian Medical Services.
Family Enrichment Network, Inc. Broome County - $4.1 million
This funding, when combined with other sources, will develop 19 units of permanent supportive housing in Binghamton for homeless families and individuals, including young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, and individuals with an intellectual/developmental disability. The Family Enrichment Network will provide support services, including case management; rental assistance; adult literacy courses; financial literacy classes; legal advocacy; transportation; and parenting education/classes.
CDS Monarch, Livingston County - $1.3 million.
This funding, when combined with other sources, will develop eight units of permanent supportive housing in Geneseo for homeless single veterans. This is part of an $11.1 million project that also includes 32 units of affordable housing for low-income seniors. Warrior Salute Veteran Services, Inc. - a subsidiary of CDS Monarch - will provide supportive services, including case management; access to medical and psychiatric care; substance use disorder services; benefits assistance; nutrition counseling; financial counseling; and job training services.
DePaul Inc., Oneida County - $4.6 million
This funding, when combined with other sources, will develop 30 units of supportive housing in Utica for single homeless adults living with mental illness. This is part of a 60-unit project, which will also have 30 affordable housing units in a three-story apartment building. The total project cost is $19.3 million. Support services will be provided by DePaul and will include: case management; independent living skills training; crisis intervention; and recreational services.
St. Paul's Center, Rensselaer County - $2.4 million
This funding, when combined with other sources, will develop nine units of supportive housing in the city of Rensselaer that will provide 43 beds for homeless families with minor children. This is part of a $2.7 million project that will renovate an existing building and construct on an adjacent vacant property. St. Paul's will provide support services including case management; benefits assistance; trauma informed assessment and services; counseling and crisis intervention; parenting skills development; life skills training; referrals to educational and employment programs; health and treatment services; and children/teen services.
The Community Builders, Inc., Schenectady County - $3.3 million
This funding, when combined with other sources, will develop 26 units of supportive housing in Schenectady for homeless individuals or families with a serious mental illness and/or substance use disorder. As part of an 85-unit, $40 million development, the project will also serve young adults, and youth/young adults aging out of foster care. Support services will be provided by the Schenectady Community Action Program and will include case management; referrals; preventative medical and dental care; substance use treatment; crisis intervention; legal assistance; and employment and educational services.
Warren-Washington Association for Mental Health, Inc. and A.M.H. Resources Corp., Warren County - $5.8 million
This funding, when combined with other sources, will develop 28 units of permanent supportive housing and six units of transitional housing in the city of Glens Falls for homeless individuals with a mental illness; chronically homeless individuals, and households headed by homeless youth. Warren-Washington Association for Mental Health will provide support services, including case management; legal assistance and advocacy; benefit assistance; counseling and crisis intervention; trauma informed assessment and care/services; and risk reduction/safety planning.
Existing Emergency Shelter Repairs
Family Service League, Suffolk County - $300,000
- $100,000 for repairs to a 60-bed emergency shelter for homeless individuals located in Huntington.
- $100,000 for repairs to a 90-unit emergency shelter for homeless families located in Brentwood.
- $100,000 for repairs to a six-unit emergency shelter for homeless families located in Port Jefferson Station.
OTDA Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts said, "There is no understating the important role that affordable housing, when coupled with supportive services, can play in helping homeless and formerly homeless New Yorkers improve their overall health and develop independence. These projects signify a substantial investment toward ensuring our state's vulnerable population has a clear path toward a better life."
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.