New York Construction Report staff writer
More than $20.1 million was announced this week for housing projects across New York City and repairs at an emergency shelter in Albany County. The four developments will create 423 units for formerly homeless individuals, including those with a mental illness or substance use disorder.
Grants were awarded through a competitive process by the New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation, a public benefit corporation staffed by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. To date, New York State has appropriated more than $1.5 billion toward the development of supportive housing. In total, the program has created more than 25,000 units of housing to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
The latest projects awarded funding include:
- Breaking Ground – $4.2 million to replace the heating system and backup generator for a converted hotel property located in Brooklyn that will provide 305 units of supportive housing for individuals living with a serious mental illness or a substance use disorder.
- Fortune Society, Inc. – $9 million to develop 59 units of permanent supportive housing in Manhattan for justice-involved individuals experiencing homelessness. This project will significantly rehabilitate a seven-story building to provide tenants with a community room, commercial-grade kitchen, laundry room, small backyard, and complimentary internet access.
- Transitional Services for New York, Inc. – $4 million to construct a nine-story building, with 30 units of permanent supportive housing to serve individuals living with a serious mental illness in Jamaica, Queens County.
- Geel Community Services, Inc. – $2.8 million to preserve 29 units of permanent supportive housing in the Bronx for homeless individuals living with a serious mental illness.
In addition, the Altamont Program, Inc. was awarded $100,000 to conduct repairs at the Schuyler Inn, an emergency shelter in Albany County.
“Breaking Ground is proud to partner with Governor Hochul and OTDA to develop and preserve supportive and affordable housing for the most vulnerable New Yorkers,” Breaking Ground President and CEO Brenda Rosen said. “Funding from the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program will help us to make critical upgrades to the heating and resiliency systems at 90 Sands and ensure that the building remains a beacon of hope for hundreds of formerly homeless and low-income households for decades to come.”