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Grace Brown House Officially Opens


On July 21st officials celebrated the opening of the $7.7 million dollar Grace Brown House on Homer Ave. in the City of Cortland for those affected by domestic violence.

Courtesy of the YWCA of Cortland

Survivor Kathleen joined the official opening ceremony to tell her story and to then officially open the affordable housing development.

“All too often, the survivors of domestic violence find themselves facing housing instability as a direct result of their ordeal,” Governor Hochul said. “Grace Brown House will provide stable homes and critical services for these survivors and their and families, which in turn will help Central New York communities confront the root causes of homelessness.”

The project will now offer 25 residential units for supportive housing for domestic violence survivors and their families who are at risk of experiencing homelessness.

The development was named in honor of Grace Brown, who moved to Cortland in search of a better life during the early 20th century but was instead murdered by an intimate partner. Her tragic story attracted national attention and galvanized awareness over domestic violence.

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