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OTDA Helps Open Green, Supportive Housing for Homeless in Brooklyn

$5.6 Million from HHAP Helps Create 100 Units for Formerly Homeless

September 24, 2012 - The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) recently took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Hegeman, a new 161-unit development that provides supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals and affordable housing for low-income adults in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The $43 million LEED-certified building was built with the help of $5.6 million from OTDA’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP). The funding was awarded to Common Ground, a leader in developing supportive housing.

OTDA Executive Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin recently participated in the ribbon-cutting with State, New York City and private partners.

“This beautiful and environmentally-friendly building will not only provide a home to 100 formerly homeless individuals, but ensure they are getting the supportive services they need to achieve independence and self-reliance,” said OTDA Executive Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin. “This project fits right in with our mission at OTDA: to provide supports and services to New York’s most vulnerable residents and help them on a path to self-sufficiency and economic security.”

HHAP was the first program in the country to target substantial financial resources for the development of homeless housing. Since the inception of HHAP, New York State has led the nation in the advancement of the idea that more than bricks and mortar is needed to humanely provide housing for the more vulnerable members of society.

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