On July 14th YWCA of the Niagara Frontier joined project and government partners to celebrate the opening of their new supportive housing residence, 49 Tremont Street. Located in North Tonawanda, the residence is creating 12 new permanent supportive housing apartments for single survivors of domestic violence. Services are provided on-site by YWCA of the Niagara Frontier, funded by the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) through New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).
49 Tremont Street was formerly a gymnasium and is walking distance of downtown North Tonawanda. It also features a coffee shop at the front, providing residents with workforce training and job opportunities.
YWCA of the Niagara Frontier CEO Kathleen Granchelli kicked off the program stating, “This residence is eight years in the making and is a substantial asset to North Tonawanda.”
Kelli Owens, New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (NYS OPDV) Executive Director, stated, “As New York State transforms systems to be more survivor-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive, we are reframing services and prioritizing permanent housing solutions to stabilize families impacted by the many forms of abuse.”
Mayor of North Tonawanda Austin Tylec, said about the impact the residence would have on tenants: “Supportive housing means peace.”
Assemblymember Angelo Morinello stated, “Unless we truly understand domestic violence, we cannot assist others. “
Leonard Skrill, Assistant Commissioner, Homes & Community Renewal; Dana Greenberg, Assistant Director, Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance; Laura Wilson, Executive Director, Lumber City Development Corporation; and Assembly Member William Conrad, also spoke.
Financing for the project is from the Housing Trust Fund Corporation, New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance’s (OTDA) Housing Assistance Program (HHAP) and New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s (HCR) Community Investment Fund (CIF), and the City of North Tonawanda, the Yahoo Foundation and private equity.
The architect is Armitage Architecture, the general contractor is Mulvey Construction, Inc., and consultation on the project was provided by Oxford Consulting.