April Recap 2018
Andrew M. Cuomo , Governor I RuthAnne Visnauskas , Commissioner and CEO  
Governor Cuomo Launches Phase Two of
the $1.4 Billion Vital Brooklyn Initiative
Governor Cuomo announced a series of major milestones and the launch of phase two of the groundbreaking Vital Brooklyn initiative, which is transforming Central Brooklyn by addressing chronic social, economic and health disparities.

The Governor announced RFPs for five sites to construct more than 2,000 affordable homes on parcels of land controlled by the state or owned by Brookdale University Hospital, and the state-owned Brooklyn Developmental Center. These solicitations will advance the Vital Brooklyn initiative's $563 million commitment to build 3,000 units of affordable housing in Central Brooklyn.

"Every New Yorker deserves equal access to health care, quality housing, outdoor recreation, and opportunities to earn a decent wage for a fair day's work, but for too long Central Brooklyn has lacked the attention and investments needed to deliver equity for residents,"  Governor Cuomo said. Read the Full Announcement Here.
Governor Cuomo Announces Actions to
Support Fair Housing for All

Governor Cuomo announced actions to continue New York State's leadership in enforcing the Fair Housing Act as New York State celebrated the 50 th anniversary of the Act’s passage. The Governor is advancing a bill to outlaw housing discrimination based on the lawful source of a person's income, which too often is used by landlords as a proxy to discriminate against potential tenants who are single mothers, survivors of domestic violence, veterans, minorities, elderly or individuals with disabilities.

The Fair Housing Act , passed just seven days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and its later amendments outlawed housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability. New York State commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act on April 26 th with a full day conference in New York City, examining how far the nation and state have come since its passage, and how far they have to go.

HCR Commissioner Visnauskas and DHR Commissioner Helen Diane Foster were joined by policy-makers, lawyers, academics, and community stakeholders on a series of panel discussions. More than 250 people attended the conference.
Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $615,000 in Lake Ontario Flood Relief Funds for Niagara County Municipalities

Governor Cuomo announced the Town of Newfane and the Village of Barker in Niagara County have been awarded $615,083 in Lake Ontario Flood Relief funds to support restoration resiliency efforts following last year's flooding and to protect the community from the damage of future storms. The State has committed $55 million to recovery efforts to help homeowners, small businesses and improve community infrastructure.

"Niagara County experienced historic and severe flooding along the shores of Lake Ontario last year, and New York will continue to lend a hand to those families who are still recovering,"  Governor Cuomo said. "We will continue to provide real relief to those affected by storms, as this funding will to help build Newfane and Barker back stronger and smarter than ever before." Read the Full Announcement Here.
New York City
Governor Cuomo announced the grand opening of CAMBA Gardens Phase II , a $100 million affordable, supportive and sustainable housing development in the Wingate section of Brooklyn. Built on the grounds of Kings County Hospital by CAMBA Housing Ventures, the new development is a national model for co-locating housing and healthcare, providing 293 apartments with 182 set aside for formerly homeless families and individuals.

HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said,"CAMBA Gardens Phase II is a prime example of how Governor Cuomo is fighting homelessness by pulling together resources to create affordable housing with wrap-around supportive and healthcare services. As we deliver the Governor's housing plan, it is projects like this that revitalize our communities, create opportunity and grow our economy." Read the Full Announcement Here. 
Western NY
HCR and partners celebrated the ribbon cutting for a 53-unit affordable housing d evelopment on Buffalo’s West Side that includes homes for homeless refugees.

Called the Niagara Gateway Apartments , the development is supported by Governor Cuomo’s Better Buffalo Fund and features the adaptive re-use of a three-story Romanesque style brick building constructed between 1905-06 that originally housed the Buffalo Milk Company.

Commissioner Visnauskas  said, “Niagara Gateway Apartments is a concrete example of Governor Cuomo’s vision of combining housing and economic development to revitalize a community. Expanding affordability and connecting with community needs, such as housing for homeless refugees on Buffalo’s West Side, is critical to strengthening our neighborhoods and growing the economy. Niagara Gateway Apartments adds to the mix of space for retail or service businesses that will deliver jobs and opportunity to the area.” Read the Full Announcement Here.
Central NY
Governor Cuomo announced the grand opening of West Middle School Apartments in Auburn, the transformation of a vacant school building into a three-story development with 59 affordable apartments for area residents.

Many original features of the school were preserved, including artwork and lockers that line the halls. In addition, the school auditorium remains intact and is available for public events.

HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, "This project has transformed an abandoned school into affordable homes to enrich the community by expanding housing opportunities for all of Auburn's residents. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's leadership, revitalization development projects like West Middle School are making New York State a more affordable place to call home, which strengthens our economy and will help Central New York rise." Read the Full Announcement Here.
Governor Cuomo announced the groundbreaking of a $16 million mixed-use affordable housing development that will provide 53 affordable apartments and commercial space to Syracuse's Northside neighborhood. The development, known as Butternut Crossing , will include six newly constructed buildings and the substantial rehabilitation of an additional building. To make way for the construction, 11 structurally unsound and dilapidated buildings from the Greater Syracuse Land Bank and two buildings from St. Joseph's Hospital have been demolished.

HCR Commissioner Visnauskas said, "This development is another example of Governor Cuomo's vision for strengthening economic development in the communities of Central New York. By replacing dilapidated and unused buildings with affordable homes and space for a new local business, Butternut Crossing will create a stronger and more vibrant Northside neighborhood, and will keep Central New York rising."
HCR announced the ribbon cutting for Ludlow Commons in Yonkers , a $26.8 million development with 70 affordable apartments for seniors close to public transportation , retail and health services .

Commissioner Visnauskas said , “ The combination of affordability and integration with the surrounding area makes Ludlow Commons a perfect fit for seniors who can continue to live in the community they love. We are proud partners in the revitalization of Yonkers where HCR has provided vital financing for more than 1 , 300 homes since 2011 .  As we deliver Governor Cuomo’s housing plan , it is projects like this one that will strengthen the neighborhood and grow our economy .”
HCR announced the grand opening of an $18 million affordable housing development in the City of Rye in Westchester County, providing 41 apartments for residents ages 62 and over.

The newly constructed four-story Vienna Senior Apartments is conveniently located a short distance from the Rye MTA Metro-North Railroad station and near several Westchester County Bus System routes, as well as close to retail shops, education, healthcare facilities and government offices.
Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, “Vienna Senior Apartments will provide seniors who are often burdened by rising housing costs with an affordable option while strengthening the local economy and creating a more cohesive and diverse community in Rye. Governor Cuomo continues to lead the way forward in protecting seniors and ensuring all New Yorkers have an affordable place to call home.”
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