On June 28th, CARES of NY joined with government partners and elected officials for the grand opening of Second Street Family Apartments and Elm Street Estates in Albany. These two new supportive housing residences are creating 15 new homes for formerly homeless individuals, youth, and young parents. Social services will be provided by CARES of NY, funded by the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) through New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).
Second Street Family Apartments and Elm Street Estates are located downtown near bus lines, a grocery store and health care services.
CARES of NY Executive Director Nancy Harrington kicked off the program, "CARES is very grateful to the state for providing the funding to build these fifteen new homes for formerly unhoused families and individuals in the City of Albany. The State recognizes that building more affordable rental housing is the answer to ending homelessness in our communities."
"All too often, New Yorkers experiencing homelessness also struggle with health and social challenges that exacerbate their housing instability,” said NYS OTDA’s Commissioner Daniel W. Tietz. “With targeted on-site support, we assist these individuals and families to achieve lasting stability in their lives.”
"I am happy to see this project has come to a completion.” said State Senator Neil Breslin. ”These terrific new townhouses will be supportive housing that will provide people a place to call their own."
“The most important word in ‘supportive housing’ is ‘supportive,’” said Assemblywomen Kathy Fahy.
Audra Higgins, CARES of NY Board Chair; Michael McLaughlin, Office of the Albany County Executive; Assemblymember John MacDonald; and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan also spoke.
Financing for this project came from the NYS OTDA’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP).
The architect is Harris A Sanders Architects and the general contractor is Bonacquisti Brothers.