Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Governor Cuomo Announces Over $90 Million for Supportive Housing for Homeless Individuals and Families Across the State


Awards will Create 670 Units of Housing for Veterans, Survivors of Domestic Violence, Older Adults, New Yorkers with Mental Illness; and Individuals Living with AIDS

Nearly $38 million In Capital Funding Still Available for Supportive Housing Projects Statewide

 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $90.4 million in state funding has been awarded for 20 projects to house New Yorkers experiencing or at risk of homelessness and provide supportive services aimed at addressing the root causes of housing instability. The projects, supported through New York State's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, will create 629 units of permanent supportive housing, 30 units of transitional housing and 11 units of emergency housing that will serve veterans, survivors of domestic violence and individuals with mental illness.

"Homelessness and housing insecurity are not just isolated issues that can be addressed with a one-shot solution - we need a holistic approach which connects vulnerable New Yorkers to housing options, but also to the services which help ensure they can once again be contributing members of their communities, especially in the age of COVID," Governor Cuomo said. "Thanks to these significant investments, we are continuing to grow these types of supportive housing options statewide and we will not rest until every New Yorker has a safe, stable place to call home."

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, "Every New Yorker deserves a roof over their head and the decency of a good home. This project will create over 600 housing units across New York State that will serve veterans, survivors of domestic violence and individuals with mental illness. As we battle this pandemic, New York State remains committed to combating homelessness and providing supportive services to all New Yorkers."

The Homeless Housing and Assistance Program made available $128 million in capital funding for projects to build supportive housing units or to repair emergency shelters - an amount double the allocation in 2020. An additional $37.6 million remains available for projects through the program, which is administered by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

The Governor's 2022 Executive Budget continues funding for HHAP at $128 million, underscoring the state's commitment to the importance of supportive housing in combating homelessness.

  • West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing, Inc., Bronx County - $4.8 million

Fischer Park includes 32 units of supportive housing serving individuals experiencing homelessness who suffer from serious mental illness and are over 55. This is part of a larger 105-unit project, which includes the construction of a nine-story building in the Bronx on vacant land owned by New York City

  • Community Access, Inc., Bronx County - $7 million

Baez Place will include 86 units of supportive housing to serve individuals experiencing homelessness who suffer from serious mental illness or are frail and elderly. This is part of a larger project with 154 units in two high-rise buildings connected on the ground floor by a corridor.

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