Supportive housing projects awarded more than $21 million

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Supportive housing projects in New York City and Western New York will share more than $21 million. Work will include permanent housing projects and repairs at an emergency shelter in Orange County.

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. Through this program, New York State has appropriated more than $1.6 billion toward the development of supportive housing. In total, the program has created more than 26,000 units of housing to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

With these latest awards, the program has committed more than $100.2 million of the funding provided in the FY 2023 Budget. The latest projects awarded funding include:

  • DePaul Properties, Inc., $6.9 million to develop 25 units in the Niagara County town of Wheatfield. The Granary project will construct a three-story building with laundry facilities, a community room, support service offices, and an exterior central courtyard to serve older adults and those living with a serious mental illness.
  • Community Access, Inc., $9.8 million to develop 163 units of permanent supportive housing in the Bronx. The River II project will construct a 19-story building with a community room, commercial kitchen, exercise room, laundry room, and computer room to serve individuals with serious mental issues and veterans experiencing homelessness.
  • Thankful Community Development Corporation, $4.4 million to build 20 units of permanent supportive housing in Buffalo. Thankful Gardens will construct a pair of two-story buildings and substantially rehabilitate a third two-story building to serve homeless individuals and families with a substance use disorder.

In addition, Bridges of New York, Inc. was awarded $100,000 to conduct repairs at a 12-bed emergency shelter in Orange County.

The FY 2024 Budget continued $128 million in capital funding for the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program. The request for proposals for the latest round of funding was issued late last month, with submissions being accepted now on a rolling basis.

“Emergency shelters and supportive housing both play a critical role in our efforts to meaningfully addressing homelessness throughout our state,” said Daniel Tietz, office of temporary and disability assistance commissioner.

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