Categories: New York State, Member News, Openings
On May 3rd, Eagle Star Housing joined project partners for an opening ceremony of a new affordable/supportive residence, Liberty Square. Located in city of Batavia, the new residence is creating 55 apartments, of which 28 are supportive, set-aside for veterans experiencing homelessness. Six of the new residence’s units are accessible for people with mobility impairments and three for people with hearing or vision impairments.
Eagle Star Housing will provide the on-site services, funded by the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative and administered by the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Building amenities include a fitness center and community room.
Executive Director at Eagle Star Housing, Zach Fuller, stated, “Eagle Star Housing is thrilled to be a partner in the brand new Liberty Square apartments in Batavia, NY to provide quality affordable apartments for our homeless veterans. We wish to thank Governor Hochul and New York State for the essential funding to provide our veterans with this program.”
Resident and Purple Heart recipient, Dennis Mahoney, also spoke: “I was a great marine, but a horrible civilian. Eagle Star saved my life. This place saves lives.”
Other speakers included Bret Garwood, CEO of Home Leasing, Zach Fuller, Executive Director of Eagle Star and Lenny Skrill from New York State Homes and Community Renewal.
Funding for the project came from Federal Low-Income Tax Credits, the Supportive Housing Opportunity Program from New York State Homes and Community Renewal and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The developer is Home Leasing, LLC and the architect is SWBR.