On April 17th, Rehabilitation Support Services (RSS), Inc. held a ribbon-cutting in Poughkeepsie for Highridge Gardens, a 50 unit supportive housing project.
On April 17th, Rehabilitation Support Services (RSS), Inc. held a ribbon-cutting in Poughkeepsie for Highridge Gardens, a 50 unit supportive housing project. This newly constructed building represents a first: it is the first congregate supportive housing project built by RSS, a Network member with a long history of providing mental health housing and the very first OMH congregate supportive housing in the entire Capital Region, between Saratoga and Westchester Counties.
Highridge Gardens is integrated into a larger garden apartment complex, which incorporates an additional 24 units of workforce housing, is nestled into a wooded hillside, and features an outdoor patio with a waterfall. There is also an exercise room, full service dining, a computer room.
State Senator Susan Serino offered praise for the project and spoke movingly about the loss of her brother to suicide, perhaps a preventable tragedy had he had access to a place like Highbridge Gardens. Ted Houghton of NYS HCR and Moira Tashjian from NYS OMH were both on hand to offer congratulations.
“Affordable housing, coupled with the availability of on-site support services, is an essential need in every community,” said William DeVita, Executive Director for RSS.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to lead an independent and productive life.”
Highridge Gardens was developed with a construction loan from the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) as well as funding from New York State Homes and Community Renewal with a local contribution from the City of Poughkeepsie’s HOME funds. The project made use of 9% tax credits through HCR. Onsite support services are funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health. The project was built by Kearney Realty and Development Group, also a Network member. The architect was Mauri Architects.
We congratulate Ken and Sean Kearney and RSS for creating such an outstanding supportive housing project.