Governor Andrew Cuomo today (April 19) announced that $28.8 million has been awarded to seven supportive housing projects across New York State, allowing the construction of 252 housing units for homeless New Yorkers.
The funding, awarded through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, will support projects in the Bronx, New York, Chautauqua, Onondaga, Orange, Oswego and Tompkins counties.
“Ensuring that the most vulnerable among us have a decent and affordable place to live is critical to keeping our communities vibrant and safe,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this funding we will provide hundreds of New Yorkers with a roof over their head and a secure place to call home.”
Each of the projects will be exclusively serving individuals trying to overcome a variety of conditions that may have contributed to them experiencing homelessness, including mental illness, substance abuse disorder and HIV/AIDS, among others.
Supportive housing ensures that residents of these units will have easy access to services that will help them overcome the obstacles they face in maintaining stable housing.
The awards are as follows:
Central New York
Housing Visions Unlimited – $2.97 million
Funding awarded to substantially rehabilitate four buildings containing 18 units of permanent housing for homeless individuals and their families. The project also includes the substantial rehabilitation of 16 additional buildings, containing 48 units. Support services include case management, parenting skills, nutrition and employment counseling.
Oswego County Opportunities – $909,767
Funding awarded to address critical repairs to preserve the Backstreet Apartments Permanent Supportive Housing program in Fulton. Six units and 10 beds of permanent supportive housing will be preserved for individuals and families who are homeless. Support services include case management, financial skills training, mental health and/or substance abuse counseling and employment/vocational training.
The FY 2018 Budget continues funding for the state’s $20 billion comprehensive, five-year plan for affordable and supportive housing to ensure New Yorkers who are homeless or at risk of homelessness have safe and secure housing. The Budget includes $2.5 billion in funding to advance the creation or preservation of 100,000 affordable and 6,000 supportive housing units.