State Announces $19 Million Awarded to Provide Services to Those in Supportive Housing
December 22, 2011 - The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced that more than $19 million in funding has been awarded to help organizations provide services to residents of supportive housing programs in communities across New York State.
A total of $19.7 million was awarded to 88 organizations through the New York State Supportive Housing Program (NYSSHP). NYSSHP is designed to provide support services to eligible residents of supportive housing programs in order to assist them in moving on a path to economic security.
"New York has led the nation in advancing the idea that supportive housing is fundamental to breaking the cycle of homelessness," said OTDA Executive Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin. "There is a continuing need for transitional and permanent housing, as well as the supportive services needed to ensure housing retention. The funding we're announcing today will assist in the provision of supportive services designed to meet the unique needs of formerly homeless individuals and families coping with mental illness, trauma/abuse, addiction and chronic illness including HIV/AIDS."
The funding will be used to support activities designed to promote greater independence, employability, and improved mental and physical health.
NYSSHP results from the consolidation of the former Single Room Occupancy Support Services Program and the former Supported Housing for Families and Young Adults Program. This innovative approach maximizes available resources to best serve the target populations, which include single adults, families, and young adults, age 18-25.