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HCR Lends Expertise at NYSAFAH Upstate Conference

Senator Young, John Faso, and Andrew Kennedy on the morning Plenary with Deborah VanAmerongen
Senator Young, John Faso, and Andrew Kennedy on the morning Plenary with Deborah VanAmerongen

More than 300 housing and community development leaders attended NYSAFAH's Upstate Conference on September 27th at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Rochester.

HCR staff contributed expertise to multiple workshops throughout the day, and Andrew Kennedy, Assistant Secretary for Economic Development for Governor Andrew Cuomo, joined moderator Deborah VanAmerongen of Nixon Peabody, Senator Catharine Young, Chair of the New York State Senate Housing Committee, and John Faso of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in an informative morning Plenary.

The following HCR staff participated in panel discussions:

  • Gail Bressler, RD Preservation in Upstate New York
  • Sean Fitzgerald, Supportive Housing Update
  • Lenny Skrill, Navigating the Local Approval Process
  • Wanda Graham, MWBE Speed Networking Lunchtime Workshop

This year NYSAFAH honored two outstanding affordable housing developments. The Historic Preservation Project of the Year Award went to Voter's Block Community along West Main Street in Rochester. HCR partnered with the Rochester Housing Authority and Home Leasing LLC, investing Low Income Housing Tax Credits in this scattered-site, 92-unit development. The project's focus is a 39-unit mixed-use building on the site where Susan B. Anthony voted illegally at a barber shop in 1872. Twelve of the development's units provide supportive housing with on-site services.

The Rural Development Project of the Year Award went to Lakeview Heights, a supportive housing residence near Seneca Falls that provides 26 apartments for people living with persistent and severe mental illness, and 14 for low-income residents. HCR provided Low Income Housing Tax Credits, partnering with Lakeview Mental Health Services, Inc. and the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Congratulations to the awardees and thank you to NYSAFAH for a wonderful conference.

Last Updated: 10/17/12