More than $4 million in state funding is being awarded locally to support two housing projects in Oneida County, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.
A total of $11.4 million is being awarded through the state Office of Temporary and Disability for three projects: one in the town of Verona, one in the city of Utica and one in Brooklyn.
The City of Oneida Housing Authority and the Municipal Housing Authority of Utica received $2.1 million to help develop and affordable and supportive housing project in Verona for the elderly and homeless, disabled individuals over age 55. A vacant schoolhouse in Verona is being will be rehabilitated into 50 apartments, 15 of which will be for homeless seniors, and it will also include a senior center.
Catholic Charities of Oneida and Madison Counties received $2.3 million to rehabilitate a building in Utica into an emergency youth shelter for 11 homeless and at-risk youth, ages 12-18, on the first two floors of the building. The third floor will be rehabilitates into three full-furnished, one-bedroom apartments for men ages 18-24.
“Making sure those who may find themselves in a vulnerable situation have access to good, safe and quality housing and shelter is a very important endeavor,” said state Sen. Joseph Griffo in a news release. “Altogether, these projects will create over 100 housing units for those in need, while the projects in Utica and Verona also will rehabilitate existing buildings in each community. I am looking forward to watching as these projects progress."
The remaining $7 million was given to an organization in Brooklyn, Kings County, to develop supportive housing and affordable units for individuals and families in Brooklyn.