Creston Avenue Residence Opens in the Bronx with $4.6 million from OTDA’s Homeless Housing Assistance Program

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New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) joined with Volunteers of America–Greater NY and The Housing Collaborative LLC to announce the completion of Creston Avenue Residence at 2388 Creston Avenue, in the Fordham section of the Bronx, the first supportive housing residence in New York City funded with the State’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) savings. The building, developed by Volunteers of America–Greater NY and the Housing Collaborative provides 66 affordable homes for low–income tenants and residents with special needs including veterans, who will benefit from on–site support services.Read more…

Statement from OTDA Executive Deputy Commissioner Sharon Devine on New York City Homeless Shelters

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"Throughout this process, OTDA's ultimate goal was not to withhold funding, but rather to ensure that ‎egregious issues at City homeless shelters that put the health and safety of New York's most vulnerable citizens at risk are resolved. Talks have been successful and the City of New York has agreed to develop and, by Tuesday, present a comprehensive plan to do just that. In the interim, the State will continue to provide funding to the City." Read more…

Anti-Hunger Advocates Recognize Governor Cuomo’s Efforts to Fight Hunger

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was recognized on May 7th by Hunger Solutions New York with its “Anti-Hunger Champion Award” for his commitment to ending hunger in New York State. The nonprofit advocacy group announced the award during its 2015 New York State Anti-Hunger Conference in Albany. OTDA’s Tom Hedderman, Director of Food & Nutrition Policy, accepted the award on the Governor’s behalf.

Under the Governor’s leadership, New York has taken significant steps to extend food assistance to New Yorkers in need.

“Governor Cuomo has consistently demonstrated his steadfast commitment to alleviate hunger for New Yorkers,” said Linda Bopp, Executive Director of Hunger Solutions New York. “The lives of hungry New Yorkers have been improved by the Governor’s consistent and courageous actions. These actions enhance the health and well-being of individuals, families, and entire communities all across this great State.” Read more…