NYS gives $11.9M for supportive housing on Long Island

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By Dan Sears

New York State is giving $11.9 million for supporting housing projects on Long Island. Both WellLive Network in Medford and Mercy Haven in Hempstead were awarded funding, the state announced on Friday.

This funding is part of an overall $38.6 million for supportive housing in New York City and in the Southern Tier regions in the state.

The funding is designed to provide permanent supportive housing for people who have experienced homelessness. It aims to support survivors of domestic violence, and the formerly homeless, including those with a mental illness or a substance abuse disorder, as well as others, officials said.

“Permanent, supportive housing can have a transformational impact on the lives of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement.

“By funding these projects, we are able to provide the services and support necessary to help New Yorkers break the cycle of homelessness and provide them with a safe and stable place to call home,” she added.

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Through the funding, WellLife Network is to receive $7.9 million to develop 33 units in Medford. Part of a larger project, Medford Gardens will construct a fully electric and accessible three-story apartment building, according to the state.

“For individuals contending with a disability, having a safe place to call home is a critical step toward helping them achieve lasting stability in their lives,” Well Life Network CEO Sherry Tucker said in a statement.

“Medford Gardens will offer these individuals housing, in addition to the supportive services they can rely on to break cycles of homelessness,” Tucker added. “Projects like this one in Suffolk County are possible thanks to Gov. Hochul’s continued commitment and focus on building more supportive housing throughout the state to serve all New Yorkers in need.”

Mercy Haven in Hempstead is receiving $4 million to develop eight units, according to the state. Hempstead Homeless Housing will renovate two existing multi-unit residential homes on two separate sites.

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Mercy Haven “is proud and appreciative to have been awarded a Homeless Housing and Assistance Program grant as part of Governor Hochul’s comprehensive plan to make housing more affordable, equitable, and stable throughout New York State,” Mercy Haven Executive Director Patricia Griffith said in a statement.

“This vital support allows Mercy Haven to provide 12 individuals in the Village of Hempstead with permanent housing and stabilizing support services,” Griffith added. “Funding for the Hempstead Homeless Housing Project comes as a wonderful development in Mercy Haven’s efforts to increase housing in the village of Hempstead where prohibitive costs make housing stability unreachable for many.”

According to the state, the grants were awarded through a “competitive process.” That process was led by the New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation, a public benefit corporation staffed by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.



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