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St. Paul's Center In Rensselaer Receives $2.4 Million In Grant Funding



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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced $29.6 million in state funding has been awarded to eight projects that will provide homeless veterans, survivors of domestic violence and individuals with mental illness with permanent housing and support services, including St. Paul's Center in the city of Rensselaer.

"These projects will provide much-needed housing and critical services to vulnerable New Yorkers, helping them achieve stability and giving them a chance at a better life," Cuomo said in a news release. "Across the state, we are investing in supportive housing projects to help revitalize communities and end the homeless crisis once and for all."

"My mother was an advocate for victims of domestic violence in the 1970's, long before many of the protections we now have were put in place," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in the release. "I'm proud to carry on her legacy with New York leading the nation in our fight against domestic violence. We've aggressively invested in services and programs to support our most vulnerable New Yorkers, including victims of domestic violence, our brave veterans, and individuals with mental illness. This housing funding will help to ensure an affordable, quality place to live for all New Yorkers and continue our efforts to combat homelessness across the state."

Officials said the projects - located in Oneida, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Broome, Bronx, Warren, and Livingston counties - are also supported through other funding sources. In total, they represent a $198 million investment that will add a total of 472 units of affordable and supportive housing throughout the state.

Seven of the projects have already received support from the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI). Funding awarded through ESSHI can be used to provide support services and operating funds.

St. Paul's Center in Rensselaer County received $2.4 million. Officials said this funding, when combined with other sources, will develop nine units of supportive housing in the city of Rensselaer that will provide 43 beds for homeless families with minor children. This is part of a $2.7 million project that will renovate an existing building and construct on an adjacent vacant property. St. Paul's will provide support services including case management; benefits assistance; trauma informed assessment and services; counseling and crisis intervention; parenting skills development; life skills training; referrals to educational and employment programs; health and treatment services; and children/teen services.

The Homeless Housing Assistance Program provides capital grants and loans to not-for-profit corporations, charitable and religious organizations and municipalities to acquire, construct, or rehabilitate housing for persons who are unable to secure adequate housing without special assistance. The grants are awarded through a competitive process by the New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation, a public benefit corporation staffed by OTDA.

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