The Rescue Mission’s new West Street Apartment Complex isn’t quite finished yet, but it will offer a variety of services.
The $14 million complex has 36 one-bedroom apartments, six two-bedroom apartments, five fully handicapped-accessible units, and two units for hearing impaired. In addition to apartments the food pantry, clothing center, learning center, and the representative payee program will all be relocated here. Executive Director of the Rescue Mission, Jim Haid tells us who they’re looking to fill the complex with.
"Some of them are Section 8, set aside for Section 8," Haid said. "Some of them are set aside for what is called ESSHI, which is Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative. That’s for the homeless. There’s also 11 units of shelter plus care, and then others are fair market rent."
Timothy Johnson is already enjoying his new place, and he talked about how having a place like this is changing his life.
"In starting over, it just helps you out in all area of your life you know. As in going out and getting a job and many relationships you know. It just gives you that foundation that start to build things back up. It gives you that confidence that you needed that was once lost."
While there are some apartments open to the public, getting into one does require you to fit certain criteria.
"There is a process because obviously we have to check income eligibility and many other things that factors it … go along with particularly those support service units," Haid said.
For Timothy Johnson, the process of getting a place to live is just the beginning.
"Work and save. That’s the plan, and give back. Definitely give back."
The overall purpose of the Rescue Mission is to provide people with the resources to make people whole again. According to Jim Haid, this complex will provide an essential step in that process.
"We want them to say: I am home. That’s what it’s about being here at the Rescue Mission. Particularly West Street. I’m home now. This is my place."
If you’re looking to get in here for a place of your own, you’re going to have to wait, as there are already over 100 applicants seeking approval.