State Awards $982,000 to Seven Nonprofits
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that seven organizations have received awards totaling $982,000 for the Operational and Support for AIDS Housing program. The funds will be used to provide services and operational support for projects funded through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program that house homeless and formerly homeless individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.
"This funding will help provide the critical support needed to help New Yorkers affected by HIV/AIDS live full, active lives with a safe place to call home," Governor Cuomo said. "This administration will continue the fight not only to ensure the most vulnerable among us have access to decent and affordable housing, but to end the AIDS epidemic in New York once and for all."
Funding for the Operational and Support for AIDS Housing program allows contractors to meet the special support services needs of residents and cover maintenance and operating expenses. It is used for costs associated with personnel, supplies, utilities, consultants, travel, equipment, contractual obligations, maintenance needs and rental subsidies. The Operational and Support for AIDS Housing program funding also allows for recreational activities, tutoring for school-aged children, substance abuse counseling and greater awareness of how good nutrition improves the quality of life.
"We are working to address the issue of homelessness across the State, and this funding will help to ensure housing options for those with HIV and AIDS," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The nearly $1 million in funding will provide support and services to make sure individuals and families with HIV/AIDS have the resources they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives. In New York we're also investing in research and programs to combat the AIDS epidemic and ensure the health and safety of all New Yorkers."
The awards are as follows:
Support Ministries, Inc., Saratoga County - $294,000
Funds will support 17 permanent supportive housing units for single adults in Saratoga County, including case management, personal care aids, nutritional services, gas and electric, and property/liability insurance.
FACES NY, Inc., New York County - $222,987
Funds will support 31 permanent supportive housing units for single adults in New York County, including building security, wellness programing, LPN services, mental health services, building maintenance, gas and electric, and program supplies.
Corporation for AIDS Research, Education, and Services, Albany County - $151,456
Funds will support 10 single units and 14 family units in locations throughout Albany County, including case management, staff development, client events, and office supplies.
Liberty Resources, Inc., Onondaga County - $109,602
Funds will support six permanent supportive housing units for families in Onondaga County, including case management, lawn and building maintenance, trash removal, alarm services, telephone, extermination services, property insurance, and liability insurance.
SUS-Mental Health Programs, Inc., Bronx County - $86,075
Funds will support 17 units of permanent supportive house for families in Bronx County, including case management, social activities and staff training.
Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc., New York County - $76,873
Funds will support 25 permanent supportive housing units for single adults in New York County, including building security, educational/wellness counseling.
Haven House/Bridges, Inc. (HHB), Suffolk County - $41,007
Funds will support four permanent supportive housing units for single adults and five units for families in Suffolk County, including utilities, lawn maintenance, refuse collection, and property insurance.
New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts said, "The OSAH program aligns with the mission of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to help individuals access appropriate benefits and services, specifically those living with HIV/AIDS. I thank Governor Cuomo for continuing to lead the way in assuring our most vulnerable New Yorkers have access to safe and affordable housing."