Gov. Kathy Hochul says that $12.3 million has been awarded to construct housing for New Yorkers experiencing homelessness in Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Chautauqua counties.
Funded through the state’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, these projects will create or preserve 134 units of permanent supportive housing, 14 units of transitional housing, and seven units of emergency housing.
One of the projects receiving funding is Harbor House, a $19.5 million development by the YWCA of Northeastern New York in Schenectady that will create 54 units and 62 beds of permanent supportive housing for women and their families. The plans call for new construction of a three-story building on the YWCA’s campus in the Stockade District that will be adjacent to the YWCA’s main administrative building, allowing tenants convenient access to staff and services. More than $5.6 million was awarded to the YWCA for construction of the project and operating expenses will be provided through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative.
The YWCA of the Greater Capital Region is receiving more than $2.8 million for the substantial rehabilitation of an existing supportive housing development in the city of Troy. This $3.1 million project will preserve 80 units of permanent supportive housing and 14 units of transitional housing for women and children.
The Salvation Army in Jamestown received $3.8 million to relocate an existing emergency shelter that includes construction of a new two-story building with seven units and 19 beds. This $4.8 million project will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, create six additional beds and allows services staff to have offices in the same building.
Administered by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program made $128 million in capital funding available for projects proposing to build supportive housing units or to repair emergency shelters. So far this year, the program has allocated nearly $25 million to eight projects that will create or preserve 213 units of supportive housing and repair emergency shelters throughout the state. Last year, the program provided funding to 30 projects that will add 881 units of supportive housing and repair emergency shelters.