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The funding is part of more than $200 million the state is awarding to build or preserve more than 2,800 affordable apartments across New York's 10 regions, revitalize communities, and generate $1.1 billion in economic activity.
The funds were available through New York State Homes & Community Renewal's 2017 Unified Funding Application, a streamlined process to apply for Low Income Housing Tax Credits and low-interest loans for affordable, multifamily developments. Projects are funded in every region of the state.
The awards announced today for the Mohawk Valley will:
Help Seniors Live Independently and Fight Homelessness
$4.1 Million in financing for Jason Gwilt Memorial Senior Apartments, Town of Verona. Through the adaptive reuse of a vacant elementary school, this mixed-use development will create 50 affordable homes for low-income New Yorkers over age 55, including 15 apartments that will serve homeless individuals. The development will receive supportive services funded through Governor Cuomo's Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative. This project in Sylvan Beach in western Oneida County will be managed by Oneida Housing Authority.
Anchor Waterfront Revitalization and Fight Homelessness
$10.2 Million in financing for DeWitt Clinton Apartments, City of Rome. These 80 affordable apartments will serve as the anchor to the City of Rome's Waterfront Village revitalization. They will be built on the grounds of the DeWitt Clinton School, a blighted former elementary school that will be demolished as part of the project. Of the 80 apartments, 40 will be set aside for homeless individuals who will receive support services through Governor Cuomo's Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative. This project will be managed by DePaul Properties, Inc. which creates and operates attractive, affordable housing solutions in urban, suburban and rural settings within environments that promote respectful community relationships
A full list of funding awarded statewide is available here.
Catholic Charities of Oneida/Madison Counties Executive Director Denise Cavanaugh speaks May 25 at the future home of Grady’s Way, A Home for A Brighter Tomorrow, at 1404 Genesee St., Utica. Also pictured are, left to right, Catholic Charities Board President Jason Gugnacki; Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr.; and Grady Faulkner, a parent liaison for the Utica School District. (Read this feature article courtesy of The Catholic Sun)
The state Comptroller's audit of homeless shelters outside of New York City found many are in "poor" condition, facing health and safety issues. The audit was conducted in conjunction with county comptrollers from Albany, Dutchess, Nassau, Onondaga, Suffolk and Ulster. 67 facilities were found to "poor" or "very poor" condition. And, according to the report, even among the facilities deemed to be in overall "good" condition, there are still persistent issues that should be corrected. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli joins Capital Tonight to talk more about this issue.
Read the full June 2016 Comptroller’s report titled Homeless Shelters and Homelessness in NY State
“Now, we have made significant progress on the problem before and working together we can do it again. I believe our people will support the funding necessary to help protect and support their brothers and sisters."
“…in this budget I propose a record $20 billion over the next five years. This proposal includes $10 billion for 100,000 permanent affordable units. It also includes $10 billion for 6,000 new supported beds over five years, 1,000 emergency shelter beds, and other homeless services."
“And the plan goes further. Over 15 years, we will be funding a record 20,000 supportive housing beds. And we will continue to fund 44,000 supportive units and 77,000 shelter beds. That’s $28 billion over 15 years. New Yorkers have a big heart, but New Yorkers are also smart. And society’s compassion must be matched with government confidence."
“Each jurisdiction requesting or requiring homeless assistance from the state will be asked to design a strategic plan we call the Continuum of Care, which assesses the size and needs of each sub group within the homeless population and identifies exactly what they need. We implemented this system nationwide at the department of housing and urban development, and it was a great success."
S. Alexander Gerould
Posted May 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Updated May 20, 2015 at 5:13 PM
Utica could be one of the next up and coming cities in the country.
That was part of the message that Jaime Forero, Albany Field Office director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, shared during a breakout session at Wednesday’s 2015 Strengthening Cities, Communities & Homes Summit.
Read more here.
The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness is a way to solidify partnerships and secure commitments to end Veteran homelessness from mayors across the country.
Specifically, the call to action – announced by First Lady Michelle Obama and amplified by the HUD Secretary, by leaders across HUD, VA, USICH, and by the National League of Cities – is for mayors to make a commitment to ending Veteran homelessness in their cities in 2015.
Click here to view Mayors Challenge information and resources by audience.
Read more here. (June 23, 2014)
June 10, 2014: Calling the fight to end homelessness “America’s next moonshot,” 100,000 Homes Campaign Director and former Army Captain Becky Kanis announced today that communities participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign have permanently housed 101,628 homeless Americans, including 31,171 homeless Veterans, one month ahead of their four-year July deadline. That number represents an estimated annual taxpayer savings of $1.3 billion and reflects the collective work of 238 U.S. communities who have joined the Campaign since July 2010.
The 100,000 Homes Campaign is a national movement coordinated by New York-based non-profit, Community Solutions, which launched the effort in July of 2010. ( For more about 100,000 Homes Campaign, please click here.
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