Central New York Veterans Outreach Center Adds 17 Permanent and Transitional Housing Units
New Units to Serve Homeless, Disabled and Elderly Veterans of the Mohawk Valley
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of a $3.2 million development that will provide 10 transitional and seven permanent housing units for veterans throughout the Mohawk Valley. Completed last month, the project converted the third and fourth floors of the Utica Center for Development's Central New York Veterans Outreach Center into housing for veterans in need.
"New York is proud to serve those who have served their country, and these transitional and permanent housing units ensure that homeless veterans of the Mohawk Valley are provided with a place to call home," Governor Cuomo said. "With this added housing component, the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center will be an even greater resource for these brave men and women as they transition back into communities throughout the region."
"This project for additional housing units for veterans in the Mohawk Valley will ensure that the brave men and women who fought to keep us safe have a stable and supportive place to live," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The transitional and permanent housing units at the Veterans Outreach Center in Central New York builds on our efforts to provide affordable housing for people in need across the state."
The project was made possible with nearly $3.2 million from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, and supported by a $35,000 Community Development Block Grant through the city of Utica. OTDA will also be providing $105,700 annually in service and operating funding under the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative for the seven permanent housing units.
Construction of these units is part of Governor Cuomo's $20 billion, five-year Homelessness and Affordable Housing Action Plan. Announced in 2016, the plan is now making housing more accessible and combating homelessness by building and preserving more than 110,000 units of affordable housing and 6,000 units of supportive housing. The plan is a comprehensive approach to statewide housing issues and includes multi-family and single-family housing, community development and rent stabilization.
Established by the Utica Center for Development in 2008, the Outreach Center provides counseling, life skills, transportation, legal services, substance use and mental health services to veterans in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Ulster, Chenango, and Schoharie Counties. Each month, the program serves roughly 250 veterans residing in the Mohawk Valley.
Located at the former YMCA building on Washington Street in downtown Utica, the supportive housing units will serve veterans from Oneida, Madison, Herkimer and Otsego counties. The 10 transitional housing units will serve homeless veterans, while the seven permanent housing units will serve elderly and disabled veterans.
New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts said, "Veterans often face a number of daunting challenges during and after they transition back into their community. Finding stable housing shouldn't be one of them. These housing units will provide Mohawk Valley veterans with the stability they need to effect positive change in other areas of their lives."
Central New York Veterans Outreach Center Executive Director Vincent Scalise said, "I would like to thank the great State of New York for providing for our Veterans in need. This project was much needed and could not happen if not for both the State assistance and the community support."
Senator Joseph Griffo said, "I am pleased to see that this $3.2 million development at the Utica Center for Development's Central New York Veterans Outreach Center has been completed. As a result of this project, veterans in need will now have access to a safe and supportive housing option in Utica. I would like to congratulate the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center and all of the project's state and local partners who have worked on this worthwhile and important endeavor."
Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi said, "There is a great need for safe, supportive housing for veterans and their families in the Mohawk Valley region. I was pleased to work with my other colleagues in government to help the Utica Center for Development achieve their vision for a program that will help homeless veterans and their family members get back on their feet. I am confident this project will serve as a model for providing comprehensive services to those who have served our country."
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said, "Oneida County holds the service and sacrifice made by our military veterans in the highest regard. Veteran support services are a top priority of county government and I applaud Gov. Cuomo and the City of Utica for their assistance in helping the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center realize its mission of providing housing to our community's veterans in need."
Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri said, "Providing safe and affordable housing for our Veteran's is a worthy goal that my Administration has worked diligently with several partners to achieve. I commend Governor Cuomo for his proactive leadership as funding this housing project will go to great lengths in providing the housing and resources our Veteran's deserve."