Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Governor Hochul Announces $29.4 Million for Supportive Housing Projects and Emergency Shelter Repairs


Will create 239 Units of Permanent Supportive Housing and Fund Shelter Repairs Across Seven Counties  

Provides Supportive Services and Housing Stability for Veterans, Individuals With Substance Use Disorder, and Those Suffering From Serious Mental Illness  

 Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that $29.4 million in state funding has been awarded to nine projects in seven counties that will provide permanent supportive housing to New Yorkers experiencing homelessness. Supported through the state's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, these projects include emergency shelter repairs and developments that will create an additional 239 units of permanent supportive housing serving veterans, individuals with a history of substance use disorder, and those suffering from serious mental illness.  

"The pandemic has exacerbated housing difficulties for many New Yorkers, especially our heroic veterans, those with substance use disorders, and those suffering from a serious mental illness," Governor Hochul said. "These state-supported projects strike at the root of homelessness by pairing affordable housing with crucial supportive services that put vulnerable individuals and their families on the path to long term housing stability and more productive, fulfilling lives." 

Administered by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program made available $128 million in capital funding for projects to build new supportive housing units or to repair existing emergency shelters. So far this year, the program has allocated nearly $68.5 million that will create 573 units of permanent supportive housing, 14 units of transitional housing, and 36 units of emergency housing.  

The projects awarded funding today include:  

  • CDS Monarch, Inc. was awarded $3.5 million to transform a two-story warehouse into 14 units of supportive housing in the town of Olean in Cattaraugus County.  
  • Mt. Olive Development Corp. was awarded $4 million to help construct a three-story building and 20 units of supportive housing serving individuals 55 or older in Buffalo.  
  • Community Services for Every1 was awarded $2.5 million to help rehabilitate a former community center and athletic facility and add 12 units of supportive housing in Buffalo. 
  • Samaritan Daytop Village, Inc. was awarded $3.5 million to rehabilitate two apartment buildings in 86 units of supportive housing serving the chronically homeless in the Wakefield neighborhood of the Bronx.  
  • New Destiny Housing Corporation was awarded $4.8 million to rehabilitate a former shelter into 30 units of supportive housing in Bronx County.  
  • Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. was awarded $1.8 million to help construct seven units of supportive housing serving homeless veterans and others in the town of Trumansburg in Tompkins County.    
  • STEL, Inc., and Options for Community Living, Inc. was awarded $5.5 million to help develop a three-story building with 52 units of supportive housing serving individuals with serious mental illness in Nassau County.    
  • Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. was awarded $3.7 million to construct a three-story building with 18 units of supportive housing serving individuals with substance use disorder in the town if Tyre in Seneca County.  

SCO Family of Services was also awarded $85,000 to repair the Peconic Heights Shelter in Suffolk County. The funding will address the emergency shelter's outdated electrical system and preserve six units of emergency housing for homeless single women.    

About $59.5 million of Homeless and Housing Assistance Program funding remains for Fiscal 2021. Last year, the program provided funding to 30 projects that will add 881 units of supportive housing and repair emergency shelters.   

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