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Governor Cuomo Announces $17 Million in Housing Awards

Funding to Help Homeless Adults Living with HIV/AIDS, Recovering from Substance Abuse, Homeless Veterans

February 23, 2015 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $17 million in funding for supportive housing projects to help homeless and low-income New Yorkers. The projects will provide a total of 127 units of supportive housing for homeless individuals and families, including veterans and their families, adults who are living with HIV/ AIDS, recovering from substance abuse, or have disabling mental health conditions.

“This funding will help those most in need achieve the highest level of independence possible. This investment is another step towards developing stronger communities and help ensure that all New Yorkers have access to a safe, decent, and affordable place to live.”

Four grants are being awarded to support projects in New York, the Bronx, and Ontario, as well as one that includes sites in Ontario, Wayne, Schuyler and Seneca counties. The funds are available through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s (OTDA) Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP). The awards include $3.7 million from the Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT), allocated to OTDA for the development of housing projects targeted specifically to homeless persons with disabilities who are also high-cost users of Medicaid.

“Governor Cuomo’s commitment to supportive housing is exemplified by the increased funding made available to HHAP this year,” OTDA Executive Deputy Commissioner Sharon Devine said. “These funding awards are the next step in that commitment, with projects that are geographically diverse and responsive to community housing needs, addressing a range of homeless populations with special needs.”

HHAP provides capital funding to develop housing for various special-needs populations designed to help families and individuals move out of homelessness and poverty, toward the highest level of independence possible. During the current state fiscal year, HHAP has awarded $55.9 million, as well as $10 million in MRT funds, to 17 projects which will develop 583 units of supportive housing for homeless individuals and families.

The Governor’s Executive Budget for 2015-16 recommends $63.5 million for HHAP, an increase of $500,000 over the current year’s appropriation.

Organizations receiving funding include:
Organization County Amount
Women's Prison Association & Home New York $5,373,222
Finger Lakes Community Development Corp. Ontario $3,000,000
Finger Lakes Addictions Counseling & Referral Agency, Inc. Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, Yates $2,395,190
The Doe Fund, Inc. Bronx $6,508,240

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