March Recap 2018
Governor Cuomo Announces Almost $1 Million in
Lake Ontario Flood Relief Funding
Governor Cuomo announced that the towns of Greece and Parma in Monroe County received more than $942,000 to restore and rebuild following last year's Lake Ontario flooding. The funding is being used to reimburse emergency costs as well as rebuild and fortify the infrastructure to protect communities from future damage. New York has committed $55 million to recovery efforts to support homeowners, small businesses, and community infrastructure. 

HCR Commissioner RuthAnne VIsnauskas   said, "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership we are providing the tools and resources to Lake Ontario communities to help them in their recovery from last year's flood and prepare them against the danger of rising water in the future. New York State stands with the 113,000 residents of Greece and Parma."
HCR Commissioner Visnauskas attended 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 are 100 percent affordable, and feature 28 one-bedroom apartments and 13 two-bedroom apartments.

Commissioner 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.” Read the full announcement here. 
New York City
The ground breaking for Sydney House took place on March 22nd in the Bronx. This development will create affordable homeownership opportunities for low- to moderate-income households. The Habitat for Humanity-sponsored development will consist of 26 one-bedroom apartments, 23 two-bedroom apartments, and seven three-bedroom apartments as well as a shared 2,000-square-foot recreation space.

Sydney House will be the largest multi-family development ever built by a Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

"We are proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity New York City in helping make the dream of homeownership possible for all New Yorkers," said Commissioner Visnauskas . Read the Full Announcement Here.
Western NY
Governor Cuomo announced the ribbon cutting for The Lofts at University Heights in Buffalo. The $16 million Better Buffalo Fund project repurposed a vacant 73,000-square-foot public school building into 44 loft apartments. The Lofts are available to working families, including residents working in the city's downtown area or employed at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

HCR Commissioner Visnauskas said, "The adaptive reuse of this long vacant former school into high-quality, affordable homes is another step forward in the revitalization of downtown Buffalo. Governor Cuomo understands that transforming communities into economic hubs requires housing that is accessible for all New Yorkers, and is in proximity to jobs and transportation. The Lofts at University Heights is the latest demonstration of how we renew neighborhoods and increase housing opportunities." Read the Full Announcement Here.
Governor Cuomo announced the ribbon cutting for The Alexandre Apartments in downtown Buffalo. The project, part of the Better Buffalo Fund, featured the conversion and historic renovation of a vacant 19,530 square foot, seven story building in Buffalo.

Formerly the Loew's Theatre Warehouse, the 1920s concrete structure was converted into new commercial/retail space on the first floor and 12 market-rate, loft apartments on floors two through seven. The building is the tallest building in the local preservation district that has seen a wave of reuse projects in the last five years, including new apartments, restaurants, commercial space, and even owner-occupied residences.  Read the Full Announcement Here.
2018 Hudson River Housing Annual Luncheon

HCR Commissioner Visnauskas was the keynote speaker at the 2018 Hudson River Housing Annual Luncheon at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.

In her speech, Commissioner Visnauskas discussed the importance of finding creative ways to eliminate barriers to fair housing, and said "New York's future is in our hands, and it is ours to imagine."
"We must strengthen our partnerships with each other, and through them, broaden the resources we have to continue the fight against homelessness."
HCR Participates in the 2018 SOMOS Conference in Albany
The SOMOS conference serves as a platform for legislators, scholars, business and labor leaders to address various concerns pertinent to New York State's Hispanic community. The conference raises proceeds to help create opportunities to empower young people with scholarships, college internships, and apprenticeships.
SONYMA Staff Participates in the Annual Meeting for
the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce at
St. George's Church in Flushing, Queens NY
Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going:
New York Commemorates the Fair Housing Act at 50
HCR and the New York State Division of Human Rights will commemorate the 50 th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act with an all-day conference on April 26 th in NYC. 
Upcoming Events

Tuesday 4/10 University of Buffalo Affordable Housing Symposium
Hayes Hall - UB South Campus

Tuesday 4/10-12 NYSPHADA Conference
Turning Stone Resort Casino

Tuesday 4/10-12 Leading Age NY Housing Professionals Annual Conference
Marriott Syracuse Downtown          
Free Energy Upgrades Available Through EmPower New York!
EmPower New York provides no-cost energy efficiency solutions to income-eligible homeowners or renters. Nearly 135,000 of your neighbors are already saving energy and saving money with EmPower New York — without spending a dime.

Who can sign up for EmPower New York?
Homeowners or renters in qualifying utility territories with household income below 60 percent of the state median income (same eligibility as regular HEAP benefits) may qualify for EmPower New York services. More information can be found here .

How does EmPower New York work?
Once you have been approved, a participating Building Performance Institute (BPI) GoldStar contractor will be assigned to you. During the initial visit, your EmPower New York contractor will evaluate your electricity and heating fuel use and cost, and assess if your home would benefit from EmPower services such as:
  • Tips on how to save energy
  • Installation of high-efficiency lighting
  • Attic and wall insulation
  • Replacement of old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers
  • Water-saving shower heads

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