Governor Cuomo yesterday (November 19) announced more than $56 million in state funding is on the way to 15 projects that will provide housing for homeless individuals and families, including $1.5M to Cortland County.
That money will go to Christopher Community Housing for the construction of a new $7.5 million, three-story building, which will create 25 units and 57 beds of permanent supportive housing for homeless families.
Support services will include counseling, assistance with obtaining food, furniture and school supplies, financial and legal assistance and access to transportation.
Altogether, the statewide projects will create nearly 600 units of permanent supportive housing and 40 emergency shelter beds for veterans, survivors of domestic violence and individuals with mental illness.
“This funding will help provide some of our most vulnerable residents with a safe, stable place to live with access to the support services they need,” Governor Cuomo said. “These projects are one more step towards ensuring all New Yorkers have access to affordable housing in their communities.”
Awards were funded through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program.
They’re part of the state’s overall $20 billion, five-year housing plan, which plans to build and preserve more than 100,000 units of affordable housing and 6,000 of supportive housing.
“My mother was an advocate for victims of domestic violence, and I’m proud to carry on her legacy by helping those in need,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “We are committed to investing in affordable housing and support services in New York to help our most vulnerable New Yorkers, including victims of domestic violence, our brave veterans, and individuals with mental illness. This significant funding will help to ensure an affordable, quality place to live and continue our efforts to combat homelessness across the state.”
Additionally, $7.5M is on the way to Opportunities for Broome, Inc. to create 27 units and 80 beds of supportive housing for homeless families and individuals.
Four existing, dilapidated structures in downtown Binghamton will be rehabilitated for supportive housing.
Support services will include information and referrals, counseling, as well as employment, health and educational assistance.