Governor Hochul Announces Completion of $7.7 Million Supportive Housing Development in Cortland County

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of Grace Brown House, a $7.7 million permanent supportive housing project in Cortland County. Funded by funding from State Homes and Community Renewal and the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the project has created 25 supportive housing units for victims of domestic violence and their families who are at risk of homelessness.

“Too often, victims of domestic violence find themselves facing housing instability as a direct result of their ordeal,” Governor Hochul said. “Grace Brown House will provide stable housing and essential services to these survivors and their families, which in turn will help communities in central New York address the root causes of homelessness.”

“Supportive housing provides a caring and supportive alternative to homelessness where survivors of domestic violence can not only live, but also receive needed services,” said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. “The 25 units of Grace Brown House in Cortland County will provide safe haven for victims of domestic violence and help them recover.”

Developed by Christopher Community, Inc., the three-story structure includes 18 one-bedroom apartments and seven two-bedroom apartments, with all units reserved for individuals or families experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. The YWCA of Cortland provides support services – including case management, legal, educational and professional services – through operating funding through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative, which is administered by the Office of State of temporary assistance and the disabled.

The development was named in honor of Grace Brown, who moved to Cortland in search of a better life in the early 20th century, but was instead murdered by an intimate partner. Her tragic story captured national attention and galvanized awareness about domestic violence.

Grace Brown House was funded through an allocation of federal low-income housing tax credits that will generate approximately $4.6 million in equity and $365,000 in grant funding from Homes and Community Renewal. The project also received $1.9 million through the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, which is administered by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Additionally, the development received $500,000 through the Federal Home Loan Bank and $25,000 through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. All apartments are affordable for households with an income equal to or less than 50% of the region’s median income.

Located close to public transport lines, the development comprises two apartments adapted to be fully accessible to people with reduced mobility and two units fully accessible to people with hearing or visual impairments. Building facilities will include a community hall, children’s play area, communal laundry room, computer lab, offices for the property manager and support services staff, outdoor patio and playground.

Grace Brown House complements Governor Hochul’s ambitious statewide plan to make housing more affordable, equitable and stable across New York. In the recently passed State Budget, the Governor successfully secured a new, five-year, $25 billion comprehensive housing plan that will increase housing supply by creating or preserving 100,000 affordable homes nationwide. State, including 10,000 with support services for vulnerable populations,

The project also builds on the Governor’s overall strategy to revitalize communities and grow the economy statewide, including “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive plan to generate economic growth and community development. robust. Since 2011, New York State Homes and Community Renewal has invested $296 million in the Central New York area to create or preserve more than 4,000 affordable housing units.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Daniel W. Tietz said: “Survivors of domestic violence often suffer lasting trauma from their abuse, and this emotional upheaval can ultimately cause them to experience housing instability. The permanent supportive housing offered by Grace Brown House fills an unmet need in Cortland County, while providing stability for survivors in Central New York. This project, like many others supported by the Housing and Homelessness Program, demonstrates Governor Hochul’s true determination to ensure stable housing that is both inclusive and equitable for all New Yorkers.”

Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said: “Every New Yorker deserves a safe place to call home, and Grace Brown House will provide that and more to 25 households. In addition to support services, the energy-efficient building and family-friendly amenities will provide a comfortable environment to the residents. Thank you to the OTDA, YWCA and the Christopher Community for their partnership in making this life-changing development possible, and to Governor Hochul for her commitment to increasing the supply of affordable and supportive housing in the central New York and throughout the state.”

Director of the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Kelli Nicholas-Owens, said: “Without safe and affordable housing, many victims of domestic violence must make the impossible choice of staying with their abusive partner or facing homelessness. As New York State transforms systems to be more Survivor-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally appropriate, we reframe services and prioritize permanent housing solutions to stabilize families impacted by the many forms of abuse Grace Brown House honors survivors in need support at this time by providing permanent supportive housing. I am proud to serve a governor who prioritizes safety and stable housing for the most vulnerable populations, including victims and survivors of gender-based violence.”

Assemblywoman Anna R. Kelles said: “I am thrilled to celebrate the grand opening of Grace Brown House and the partnership between the City of Cortland, Town of Cortlandville, Cortland County, Christopher Community and the YWCA that has made this project possible. The County Cortland, like so many places in New York, is in dire need of affordable and supportive housing. It is our job to increase housing in all bands, especially below 50% of the AMI. This building answers a critical piece of the puzzle as we work to ensure everyone in our community has access to safe and affordable housing. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated domestic violence and it is so important that we create safe havens where people not only have safe and stable housing, but also access to comprehensive services Grace Brown House will provide 25 families with housing as well as child care an im crucial lift, mental health support, job training and, most importantly, a healing and empowering environment.”

YWCA of Cortland Executive Director Kelly Tobin said: “The YWCA Cortland has operated emergency housing services for over 40 years, observing that the need for affordable housing continues to grow in the Cortland community. Grace Brown House will expand offerings to customers by removing the barrier to a safe, affordable, quality housing. We are excited to bring this project to the community and to the Victims of Abuse Program as an extension of our comprehensive services we can offer survivors of domestic violence.”

Acceleration of the rise of the CNY

Grace Brown House Complete”CNY up“, the region’s comprehensive plan to generate robust economic growth and community development. The regionally designed plan focuses on capitalizing on global market opportunities, boosting entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy The region is accelerating CNY Rising with a $500 million investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, which will incentivize private businesses to invest more than $2.5 billion.The region’s plan, as submitted , provides up to 5,900 new jobs.

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