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Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP)

The Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (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 persons who are homeless and are unable to secure adequate housing without special assistance. Projects eligible for HHAP funding may serve families, single persons, youth, the elderly, as well as a range of special needs groups such as the homeless mentally disabled, victims of domestic violence, veterans and persons with AIDS.

The Homeless Housing and Assistance Program was enacted by Chapter 61 of the Laws of 1983. In June of 1990, a public benefit corporation was established to oversee the program. The corporation, known as the Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation (HHAC), is a subsidiary of the New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA), and is administered by staff of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).

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. Through HHAP, New York was a pioneer in the development of housing for people (including families) living with HIV/AIDS, low demand housing for the mentally ill and/or chemically addicted, and transitional re-entry programs for formerly incarcerated men and women.

Moreover, HHAP meets a distinct need within New York by developing housing that falls outside the purview of traditional low and moderate income housing initiatives. HHAP has provided capital funding for a wide range of housing types for various homeless special needs populations, including but not limited to:

In many instances, HHAP is the only state resource available to fund the capital development of these types of projects.

Program funds are awarded through an annual competitive Request for Proposals process. Applicants and awardees represent a broad range of not-for-profit and charitable organizations, generally with experience either in housing development or management, or in the provision of social services. A relatively small number of grants have also been made to municipalities.

HHAP, together with all the programs administered by the Bureau of Housing Services within OTDA, is designed to move families and individuals from homelessness and poverty toward the greatest level self-reliance and economic independence they are capable of achieving.

Below is a list of projects awarded to date during State Fiscal Year 2014-15:

HHAP Awards 2014-15 (as of February 2015)
HHAP Total
Sponsor County Units Beds Units Beds HHAP / MRT Request HHAP Award MRT Award
Alternatives for Battered Women Monroe 26 75 26 75 $4,985,398 $4,985,398
CAMBA - Van Dyke Kings 30 90 100 256 $6,000,000 $6,000,000
Housing Visions Consultants, Inc. - Walnut Ave Homes Niagara 12 38 41 133 $1,672,000 $1,672,000
Auburn Housing Authority Developmemt Corporation Cayuga 28 108 28 108 $6,498,545 $6,418,545
Jericho Project - Walton Bronx 91 91 92 92 $3,680,000 $3,680,000
Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc. - Jefferson House Cattaraugus 8 28 8 28 $1,257,182 $1,257,182
Westhab, Inc. - 129 South 4th Ave. Westchester 19 65 20 67 $3,310,985 $3,415,000
Concern for Independent Living, Inc. - Ronkonkoma Suffolk 30 50 59 143 $2,762,865 $2,762,865
Project Hospitality, Inc. - Vanderbilt Richmond 16 20 16 20 $3,068,076 $3,068,076
Women In Need Kings 96 282 161 419 $5,240,915 $5,240,915
Common Ground Community II HDFC - Webster Ave Residences Bronx 20 20 248 543 $2,000,000 $2,000,000
Westhab - Bay House Award Increase* Westchester 2 16 2 16 $920,001 $920,001
Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, Inc. Bronx 65 95 100 182 $5,500,000 $1,269,231 $4,230,769
HELP Development Corporation Erie 15 30 47 137 $1,750,000 $1,750,000
Womens Prison Association New York 5 39 5 39 $5,373,222 $5,373,222
Finger Lakes Community Development Corp. Ontario 25 65 48 124 $3,000,000 $3,000,000
Finger Lakes Addictions Counseling & Referral Agency, Inc. Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Yates 22 22 22 22 $2,395,190 $2,395,190
The Doe Fund, Inc. - Webster Green Bronx 41 46 82 159 $6,508,240 $2,739,009 $3,769,231
Totals Awarded to Date 549 1164 1103 2547 - $55,946,634 $10,000,000

For more information regarding HHAP, please see the Request for Proposals (RFP) page at: http://otda.ny.gov/contracts/2014/HHAP/

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