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Energy-efficient apartments for homeless women open in Johnson Park

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The City of Utica's newest energy efficient apartments opened on Tuesday, with a big celebration to mark the occasion.

The Johnson Park Apartments come equipped with solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, and rainwater collection systems.

There are two buildings, eight units total, that will house chronically homeless women.

"First of all, it's going to stabilize them and will give them a second chance for life and will give them the opportunity to learn to structure and discipline they need to be able to fulfill their life goals, their dreams, their hopes and to go fourth as a complete person," said Reverend Maria Scates, CEO and Founder of Johnson Park Center.

The apartments are funded by private donations and local and state grants.

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