June Recap 2018
Andrew M. Cuomo , Governor I RuthAnne Visnauskas , Commissioner and CEO  
New York Protects Immigrant Rights
In New York, we believe our diversity is our greatest strength.

If you are impacted by the federal administration’s inhumane immigration policies, call the Office of  New Americans Hotline  at  1-800-566-7636,  9am-8pm, Monday-Friday.
This toll-free, multi-lingual hotline  launched  by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo provides free legal services through the Liberty Defense Project in more than 200 languages to individuals seeking immigration assistance.
Additionally, Governor Cuomo  recently announced  New York State will be providing a broad array of services including medical care and mental health services for unaccompanied minor children and immigrant children that have separated from their parents as a result of the Federal zero tolerance policy.

Visit  www.newamericans.ny.gov  for additional resources and a list of free know-your-rights seminars providing guidance to New Yorkers affected by hostile Federal immigration policies.
Governor Cuomo Announces New York State to Join Lawsuit Against Federal Government for Failing to Enforce the Fair Housing Act   
The lawsuit aims to force the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to enforce a rule requiring local and state governments to address segregated housing patterns as a condition of receiving federal housing funding.

New York is the first state in the nation to join in the national lawsuit filed by a group of fair housing advocates seeking to reverse HUD's suspension of the implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule.   Read the Full Announcement Here.
Governor Cuomo Announces $7.7 Million in Better Buffalo Fund Awards  
Eleven projects, including five on the East Side of Buffalo, received awards totaling over $7.7 million through round three of the Better Buffalo Fund . The Governor established the fund to support projects that encourage density and growth along transportation corridors and revitalize neighborhood commercial districts.

"The Better Buffalo Fund is bringing new life to neighborhoods across the region, while shining light on business and job opportunities for residents," Governor Cuomo said. "This comprehensive approach to economic development has already transformed the region, and New York will continue to support Buffalo's growth to ensure a stronger, more vibrant community for decades to come." Read the Full Announcement Here.
Over $22 Million Awarded Through New Program to Increase Housing Opportunities and Strengthen  Neighborhoods and Communities
HCR announced $22.2 million in awards to create 193 affordable rental apartments across New York State.

The first set of awards under the Small Rental Development Initiative , fund the creation and preservation of owner-occupied homes with up to four units, and small rental developments with fewer than 25 apartments that are often a significant source of rental housing in New York’s neighborhoods and communities. Read the Full Announcement Here.
Finger Lakes Forward
Governor Cuomo announced the groundbreaking for a new $12 million affordable apartment building in Rochester. Charlotte Square on the Loop is the first residential development in Rochester's Inner Loop East Transformation project, the city's effort to convert the 1950's era below-grade Inner Loop highway into a vibrant, walkable, safe, and at-grade residential and commercial community. The development will create 50 affordable and supportive housing options to foster a diverse, thriving neighborhood.

"Charlotte Square on the Loop will provide safe, affordable housing to many New Yorkers, continuing the revitalization of Rochester's downtown," Governor Cuomo said. "By transforming our urban cores into vibrant, livable communities for all New Yorkers, we will continue to move our economy, and the Finger Lakes, forward."  Read the Full Announcement Here.
HCR announced the opening of Cornerstone Pointe Apartments , a $14.3 million affordable and supportive development for persons age 62 and older in the Town of Greece. The development includes 66 supportive homes with 33 units set aside for frail senior citizens enrolled in Medicaid. 

HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said , “Residents of Cornerstone Pointe Apartments will be able to live independently with easy access to transit, healthcare and community services. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, we are investing more than ever before in creating the affordable housing that is essential to building a stronger local economy and moving the Finger Lakes forward.” Read the Full Announcement Here.
Central NY Rising
HCR and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, announced the restoration of Gustav Stickley House exterior, completing the first phase of a project to create a heritage tourism destination in Syracuse.

HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, "Restoring and preserving our historic gems creates attractions that drive tourism and grow our economy to keep Central New York rising. The Gustav Stickley House celebrates our cultural history, and we are proud to have helped ensure it remains an attraction for decades to come." Read the Full Announcement Here.
HCR celebrated the start of construction of an almost $95 million, 100 percent affordable housing development called 22 South West in downtown Mount Vernon. The mixed-use project is immediately adjacent to the Mount Vernon West Metro-North Station, and will feature 189 affordable housing units and 4,200 square feet of street level retail space.

The development will be built on the site of a former auto mechanic and gasoline station, and is participating in the New York State Brownfield Clean-up Program to remediate the environmental hazards left behind.  Read the Full Announcement Here.
HCR announced the official ribbon cutting of Chappaqua Crossing, the $21 million renovation of the iconic Reader’s Digest headquarters building in Westchester County. The development created 64 mixed-income apartments.

HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said,  "Chappaqua Crossing creates a diverse and transit-oriented community in Chappaqua while also preserving a beloved historic building. Thanks to Governor Cuomo, developments like this are springing up across New York State to provide New Yorkers with safe, affordable housing and the economic opportunity that comes with it.” Read the Full Announcement Here.
HCR, the NYS Office of Mental Health and the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities cut the ribbon for Bella Vista apartments , a 164-apartment affordable and supportive housing development in Middletown.

"Bella Vista is a concrete example of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to provide affordable housing that is combined with services to help ensure all New Yorkers can find a home, and stay in it," HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said. "With the opening of these safe, comfortable homes, we are helping to create a stronger economic foundation for Middletown.” Read the Full Announcement Here.
Capital Region
HCR, Empire State Development, and the Central Avenue Business Improvement District announced the groundbreaking of the S.T.E.A.M. Garden Business Incubator at 279 Central Avenue in Albany, the former St. Patrick’s Catholic School. The S.T.E.A.M. Garden is a collaborative effort to turn the vacant school into an innovative living lab focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and design, and math education and career paths.

HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, “The S.T.E.A.M Garden’s transformation of a vacant school into a laboratory where businesses can get their start and students can enhance their science, technology, engineering, art, and design skills, will help feed the city’s economic growth and continue the evolution of Albany’s Central Avenue neighborhood.” Read the Full Announcement Here.
Also in Albany, HCR celebrated the completion of the first phase of the Ida Yarbrough Homes and the start of construction on Phase Two. The Ida Yarbrough Homes Redevelopment is a multi-year effort to reinvent a key location in Albany’s downtown community and develop new homes for low- and moderate- income families. 

The Ida Yarbrough Homes Redevelopment Phase I consists of 11 newly constructed buildings with 61 townhomes and garden apartments. Ten units have been set aside for formerly homeless families.  Read the Full Announcement Here.
HCR announced the completion of renovations at 414 Broadway , a $1.4 million mixed-use building in downtown Albany. The once underused upper floors are converted into three apartments and the ground floor is now home to a full-service bar and restaurant, named Loch & Quay. 

"This exciting development continues the revitalization of downtown Albany into a vibrant city core with access to job opportunities, thriving businesses and culture,” said HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas. “Through the New York Main Street program, Governor Cuomo is investing in communities across the state by making downtown corridors more attractive places to live, work and play. Congratulations to the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District for the completion of this important project.” Read the Full Announcement Here.
New York City
Governor Cuomo announced the completion of renovations at Fox Hill Apartments on Staten Island. The $92.7 million project modernized and improved 362 apartments for low-income New Yorkers. Rents will remain affordable for the next 40 years.

"As we work to expand affordable housing opportunities across the entire state, it is essential that we also continue to invest in the homes we already have," Governor Cuomo said. "By investing in quality apartments and extending affordability for another four decades, New York is ensuring residents on Staten Island have access to safe, decent homes for years to come." Read the Full Announcement Here.
June Was National Homeownership Month

Homeownership is the bedrock of our nation’s culture and integral to healthy local, state, and national economies. Owning a home offers financial stability and wealth-building opportunities, and contributes to healthier lifestyles, higher educational achievement, greater neighborhood involvement, and a true sense of belonging in a community.

Today’s homeownership rate in America is over 64 percent, yet for New Yorkers with low- to moderate-incomes, buying a home can still be out of reach. That’s where we can make a difference. Through our HCR homeownership programs, including the State of New York Mortgage Agency, we help potential homebuyers become homeowners.
Since 1970, SONYMA has made homeownership a reality for 125,000 veterans and first-time homebuyers with low to moderate incomes through affordable mortgages, down payment assistance, and flexible credit requirements. SONYMA mortgages can be combined with other government and nonprofit grants, subsides, and special add-on features that help buyers finance necessary repairs.
During the month-long celebration of home ownership, the SONYMA team, led by Dina Levy, Senior Vice President, Single Family Homeownership and Community Development, and Sherri Eckles, Senior Vice President, SONYMA, hosted “Spruce Up” events in Rochester and Queens. Volunteers from HCR, SONYMA and community partners joined residents to help clean-up local neighborhoods. Additional Spruce Up events will be held in September in the Mid-Hudson and Long Island.

SONYMA also presented to a packed house of future homebuyers in Hempstead, Long Island on June 26 .

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