October Recap 2017
Governor Cuomo Announces Second Round of Awards for Development of Supportive Housing Units Across New York State  
The awards, totaling up to $30 million, are part of the Governor's $2.6 Billion, 5-Year plan to develop 6,000 units of Supportive Housing.
Governor Cuomo said, "With the second round of awards, we help to ensure that all New Yorkers have stable housing and an opportunity to lead fulfilling and productive lives."
Governor Cuomo Announces $59 Million to Help Cut Energy Costs
and Improve Affordability of More Than 9,200 Homes
"This program has helped thousands of families cut utility costs, save money and build stronger, more energy efficient homes," Governor Cuomo said.

Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said , "By adding insulation, upgrading heating systems, and fixing leaky windows and roofs, we can help assure vulnerable New Yorkers spend less of their household income on utilities. Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, the WAP has helped make energy costs less burdensome and living environments healthier for more than 118,000 households - from single-family homes to multi-family buildings throughout the state." Read Full Announcement Here
Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR)
Living Breakwaters: Tottenville
Living Breakwaters is an innovative coastal green infrastructure project designed to reduce erosion and damage from storm waves, improve the ecosystem health of Raritan Bay and encourage stewardship of our nearshore waters and generally enhance people’s experience of the shoreline of southern Staten Island.
The $60 million project was developed through the federal Rebuild By Design (RBD) Competition, which encouraged the development of innovative recovery and resiliency blueprints to promote future response, preparedness and resiliency in storm-impacted communities nationwide.   Learn More
Commissioner Visnauskas, Senator Griffo, and Senator Little
Visit Titan Homes Factory in Sangerfield, N.Y.
HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas, Senator Joseph Griffo, and Senator Betty Little, Chair of the Senate Housing, Construction, and Community Development Committee, toured the entire factory, beginning at the frame building department, continuing through each station in the building process.

The officials asked great questions and received excellent answers from the Titan staff. The officials also, had an opportunity to tour manufactured homes on display.
HCR in Action
Construction Begins on Redevelopment of Flood-Damaged Affordable Senior Housing in the Mohawk Valley
Meadows at Middle Settlement
Meadows at Middle Settlement is a $28.5 million redevelopment of affordable senior housing in Oneida County. The project is replacing 14 buildings containing 93 units of dilapidated, flood-damaged senior Mitchell-Lama rental housing originally constructed in 1974, with the new construction of 93 units in three, three-story elevator buildings, 89 of which will be affordable to households earning no more than 60 percent of the Area Media Income.

Governor Cuomo said, "By investing in affordable housing across the state, we are supporting communities and economic development across the state and helping to build a stronger New York for all."

Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said , “The redevelopment of Meadows at Middle Settlement is a concrete example of Governor Cuomo delivering on his commitment to build and preserve this essential housing stock.” Read Full Article Here
New Development Provides Both Stable Housing
and Care Services in Long Island
Renaissance Village
Renaissance Village is a $51.9 million, affordable and supportive housing development in Suffolk County.
Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said , "Renaissance Village offers 123 affordable homes and the services residents need to live independently and productively in the community.”
The project created 10 new buildings that include 123 apartments with 50 set aside as permanent supportive housing for homeless adults with disabilities. Support services are provided on site.
Former High School Transformed into
Mixed-income Housing Development in Western NY
Niagara City Lofts
Niagara City Lofts is a $24.4 million project that transformed the former South Junior High School into a 61-unit mixed-income housing development. In addition to affordable housing, approximately 20,000 square-feet of commercial space is available for local businesses and the community.
The project turned the once blighted historic building into a community asset, providing quality homes and adding to the Niagara Falls economy.
Commissioner Visnauskas said , "The 61 apartments and commercial space that make up Niagara City Lofts will add to the vibrancy of the city for years to come.”
New Apartments Named After Schenectady's
First African-American Councilman
Joseph L. Allen Apartments
The three-story, 52,500 square foot Joseph L. Allen affordable housing development features 51 new studio, one- and two-bedroom units, 25 of which will be set aside as supportive housing for individuals requiring services to live independently in the community.
Commissioner Visnauskas attended the Grand Opening of the new apartments. The apartments are named to honor the memory of Schenectady’s first African-American City Councilman, Joseph L. Allen.
Commissioner Visnauskas said , “This nearly $18 million development enhances the lives of 51 households, strengthens the neighborhood and advances Schenectady’s vibrant revitalization drive.”   Read Full Article Here
GOSR's Home Elevation Program Provides Funds for Low to Moderate Income Families in Brooklyn and Staten Island
Project UPLIFT
Project UPLIFT is a $9.3 million home elevation program for eligible low to moderate income New York City homeowners in Staten Island and Brooklyn.

Created by the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, Project UPLIFT addresses the unmet needs of owners whose homes are vulnerable to flooding but who don't qualify for other existing funding programs.

Governor Cuomo said , "With the launch of Project UPLIFT, we partner with community leaders to design programs to help ensure that we are building back better, stronger and more resilient than ever before." Read Full Article Here
AWARDS
The Supportive Housing Network of New York honored Commissioner Visnauskas at their 2017 Awards Gala in NYC

For her outstanding work in helping to imagine and now build supportive housing across New York State, the Network is delighted to name RuthAnne Visnauskas Government Partner of the Year . Read More
Comunilife Honored Commissioner Visnauskas at their 28 th Anniversary Breakfast in NYC

Dr. Rosa M. Gil, Comunilife’s Founder, President and CEO, presented Commissioner Visnauskas with an award for her commitment to Comunilife’s mission and to the New Yorkers it serves.
Concern Honors HCR Assistant Commissioner Sean Fitzgerald At Renaissance Village Grand Opening

Mr. Fitzgerald has been an integral part of making Concern’s many supportive and affordable housing projects a success. His support of supportive housing programs across New York State is invaluable to our industry. Read More
Upcoming Conferences and Events
Join HCR at upcoming conferences and industry events
November
 
Thursday-Friday 11/2-11/3—Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of NYS 2017 Annual Conference
Empire State Plaza, Albany
 
Thursday 11/2—Association for Community Living Annual Conference
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing
 
December

Wednesday 12/6 New York Housing Conference 44   th   Annual Awards
Sheraton Times Square, NYC
Honoring Commissioner & CEO RuthAnne Visnauskas   , Public Service Award
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