Governor Hochul Announces Opening of $3.4 Million Supportive Housing Development in Albany

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the opening of Second Street Family Apartments and Elm Street Estates, two permanent supportive housing developments in downtown Albany funded primarily through the Development Assistance Program. housing and state homelessness. Developed by CARES of NY Inc., the $3.4 million project has built a total of 15 supportive housing units that will serve youth, young parents, and people with serious mental illness or HIV/AIDS, who have already experienced homelessness.

“We have made unprecedented investments to increase the availability of supportive housing across the state and this development, combining affordable housing with readily available supportive services, will help transform lives,” Governor Hochul said. “Second Street Family Apartments and Elm Street Estates, like so many others supported by the Housing and Homelessness Program, will help young parents and homeless people enjoy a safe, stable and supportive environment. where they can live and thrive.

“Second Street Family Apartments and Elm Street Estates will provide more vulnerable New Yorkers with a place to call home,” he added. said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. “These new supportive apartments will help many young people with serious mental illness or HIV/AIDS by providing a caring and supportive alternative to homelessness where they can not only live, but also receive the services they need. .”

Sponsored by NY’s CARES, the project built six townhouses consisting of 15 supportive housing units in downtown Albany. CARES of NY will provide support services for all units, which are located close to bus routes, the local supermarket and health care services.

The project leverages $3.3 million in capital funding from the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, which is administered by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Additionally, support services will be funded by the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative through the OTDA.

The Housing and Homelessness Program is an important part of Governor Hochul’s comprehensive plan to make housing more affordable, equitable and stable throughout New York. In the recently enacted State Budget, the Governor successfully secured a new five-year, $25 billion comprehensive housing plan that will increase housing supply by creating or preserving 100,000 affordable homes in New York City, including 10,000 with support services for vulnerable populations, plus the electrification of 50,000 additional homes.

The budget maintains $128 million in capital funding for the Housing and Homelessness Program to build new supportive housing or repair existing emergency shelters. With the latest awards, the program has allocated approximately $102.5 million to 865 permanent supportive housing units, 14 transitional housing units and 67 emergency housing units.

The Office of Temporary Commissioner and Persons with Disabilities, Daniel W. Tietz, said: “Too often, New Yorkers experiencing homelessness also face health and social issues that compound their housing instability. Through targeted on-site support, we help these individuals and families achieve a lasting stability in their lives. Projects like this one in Albany highlight Governor Hochul’s continued commitment to ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to safe and stable homes.”

State Senator Neil Breslin said: “I am pleased to see this project come to fruition. These wonderful new townhouses, called Second Street Family Apartments and Elm Street Estates, will be supportive housing that will provide young people, young parents and people with with serious mental illness or HIV/AIDS, a place of their own.”

Assemblyman John T. McDonald III said: “New York State Budget Housing and Homelessness Program funding creates affordable housing and is a lifeline for many people in need of supportive housing. is a program that I have consistently supported in this and previous budgets and I thank the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and CARES of NY Inc. for the construction of the Second Street Family Apartments and Elm Estates Street, which will be an important housing resource in our community.”

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said: “It’s no secret that New York and many other states across the country are facing a homelessness crisis that has only been made worse by the pandemic and economic shutdown. If we are to stem the tide, we need innovative solutions that tackle the root causes of homelessness.This means we need more affordable housing with a focus on holistic services, including mental health support. I want to thank Governor Hochul, the State’s OTDA, and NY’s CARES for this smart investment in supportive housing in downtown Albany that can stop those struggling to make ends meet while passing between the cracks and falling into poverty.”

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said: “Second Street Family Apartments and Elm Street Estates are helping to meet a critical need by creating housing opportunities coupled with support services for formerly homeless people who are struggling with mental illness or HIV/AIDS. I commend CARES and Executive Director Nancy Harrington for spearheading this project and the creation of these 15 new affordable and supportive housing units, and thanks Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Office of Disability and Temporary Services for provided the funding needed to make these vital housing opportunities a reality.”

CARES of NY Executive Director Nancy Harrington said: “CARES is very grateful to the state for providing the funding to build these 15 new homes for formerly homeless families and individuals in the city of Albany. The state recognizes that building more affordable rental housing is the key to ending homelessness in our communities. »

The Homeless Housing Assistance Program provides grants and capital loans to non-profit corporations, charities and religious organizations and municipalities to acquire, build or rehabilitate housing for people who cannot find a home. adequate housing without special assistance. Grants are awarded through a competitive process by the New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation, a public benefit corporation staffed by the Office of Temporary Assistance and Persons with Disabilities.

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