State Announces Opening of Homeless Housing Project in Binghamton
April 19, 2012 - The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced the official opening of the North Church Apartments in Binghamton, which will house formerly homeless individuals. OTDA provided $3.2 million in capital funding to Volunteers of America of Western New York for the project, which was formally opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.
“Adequate housing is often the first essential step to helping struggling individuals move toward economic security,” said OTDA Executive Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin. “These new apartments built by Volunteers of America will help some of Binghamton's most vulnerable citizens by addressing the root causes of homelessness and setting them on a path to self-sufficiency. Our agency has a long history of successful collaboration with Volunteers of America and we look forward to continuing those efforts in the future.”
The funding provided by OTDA supported the creation of 29 units of permanent housing for chronically homeless individuals, including those with a history of substance abuse and/or mental illness. The project involved renovating a former church on Chenango Street in Binghamton. The $3.2 million was awarded through OTDA's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP) to Volunteers of America-Western New York in 2008.
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.