UTICA, N.Y. -- The Johnson Park Center in Utica is receiving $4.5 million in state funding to build a new housing development for the homeless in the area.
The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program is distributing $56.5 million across the state to help provide shelter for homeless people and families.
"This funding will help provide some of our most vulnerable residents with a safe, stable place to live with access to the support services they need,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "These projects are one more step towards ensuring all New Yorkers have access to affordable housing in their communities."
The Johnson Park Green Community Apartments will contain 62 units and 90 beds, including 31 one-bedroom supportive housing units for older homeless adults.
The $16 million project involves the construction of three residential buildings and a community center on four separate sites around Johnson Park in Utica.
Support services for residents will include case management, transportation, wellness classes and assistance with daily living.
The funding combined throughout the state will create nearly 600 units of housing for the homeless, who may be seniors, veterans, survivors of domestic violence, mentally ill or disabled.