Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the fourth funding round of the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) that will provide up to $30 million in service and operating funding for at least 1,200 units of supportive housing.
The ESSHI, which was announced in 2016, is one component of the governor’s historic $20 billion, five-year plan to create or preserve more than 100,000 affordable and 6,000 supportive housing units.
“New York is making tremendous strides towards our goal of providing safe, affordable and stable housing for all New Yorkers,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “We will continue to develop affordable and supportive housing across the state to make sure more individuals and families have access to a home of their own.”
Since 2016, more than 5,000 supportive housing units have been funded, including nearly 3,200 under the implementation of the ESSHI, which provides operational funding to providers for the development and operation of supportive housing for people identified as homeless with special needs, conditions, or other life challenges.
The ESSHI housing serves the at-risk populations: homeless veterans and their families; victims of domestic violence; seniors or frail elderly; young adults with histories of incarceration, homelessness or foster care; chronically homeless individuals and families; individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities; individuals reentering the community from prison; and those living with HIV or AIDS, serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
A request for proposals for the funding awards was developed by the governor’s ESSHI Interagency workgroup. Awards will provide the service and operating funding needed to operate permanent supportive housing units.