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State Announces $5.4 Million in Homeless Housing Grants

Funding to Create Housing for Veterans, Women among Others

December 21, 2011 - The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced that $5.4 million in capital funding has been awarded for three supportive housing programs in Monroe and Suffolk counties. The three projects being funded through OTDA's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP) will support the creation of 47 housing units. These projects will create approximately 100 new jobs.

"The causes of homelessness are multiple, and the conditions frequently associated with it can be difficult to overcome," said OTDA Executive Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin. "HHAP has been critical in helping New York to lead the nation in creation of supportive housing, which is fundamental to breaking the cycle of homelessness and helping individuals and families build a foundation for a better future."

A total of $5.4 million from HHAP is being awarded to fund two projects in Monroe County and one in Suffolk County. HHAP provides capital grants and loans to not-for-profit corporations, charitable and religious organizations, municipalities and public corporations to acquire, construct or rehabilitate housing for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and are unable to secure adequate housing without special assistance.

Organizations awarded funding, along with a brief description of the projects, are:

  • YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County, Rochester, $2,062,020: Funding will be used to develop 14 new housing units by renovating vacant space within an existing 96-unit building in Rochester. The five studio and nine one-bedroom apartments being created will be for homeless women, some of whom will have children.
  • Providence Housing Development Corporation (with co-sponsor Catholic Family Center), Rochester, $1,985,576: Funding will be used to construct 21 units of supportive housing in Rochester. The project, Son House Apartments, consists of a three-story building with 21 one-bedroom apartments for homeless individuals, with commercial space on the first floor.
  • United Veterans Beacon House, Huntington, $1,388,707: Funding will be used to create a total of 12 congregate housing units with 22 beds. The project involves acquiring and moderately rehabilitating two single-family houses in Huntington that are adjacent to each other to serve chronically homeless single, male veterans who are living with physical, mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

HHAP meets a distinct need in New York by providing funding to develop housing for various special needs populations. Since the program's inception, it has assisted in the development of housing for families, adolescents, persons in recovery, mentally ill individuals, persons living with HIV/AIDS, individuals recently released from incarceration and veterans. HHAP is designed to help all families and individuals move out of homelessness and poverty and achieve the highest level of independence possible.

New York State, through HHAP, has been at the forefront of recognizing the value of providing supported housing for homeless families and individuals. HHAP has been utilized successfully by community organizations to develop more than 14,000 units of housing in New York State.

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