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HCR, State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Join State and Local Officials at Dedication of Independence Square; Providing 74 Units of Affordable Housing in Newburgh, Orange County

Two residents spoke to the group of guests and expressed what living at Independence Square means to them. "I lost my house after Hurricane Irene, this is more than a housing complex. It's a solid step forward toward my future well-being." Another resident said, "I am so happy to have a new house. I feel so...free."

Photo Credit: Matt Monahan

New York State Homes and Community Renewal officials today joined elected and community leaders to dedicate Independence Square, a 74-unit development of workforce and supportive housing in the Orange County city of Newburgh.

“Our mandate from Governor Cuomo is to provide and protect affordable housing and revitalize communities,” said Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner/CEO James S. Rubin. “Independence Square is a fully accessible, sustainably designed building that is near shopping, transportation, parks and health care. It provides new and safe housing for working people and their families, including those who need support services. We are proud to be part of this collaborative effort that is enhancing the quality of life of our fellow New Yorkers.” 

This project involves the new construction of affordable housing in a single three-story building that is equipped with an elevator. In addition to workforce housing there are 14 units that supports those with special needs.  Independent Living, Inc. an affiliate of the project’s non-profit sponsor has been serving disabled Mid-Hudson residents for more than a quarter of a century. With an array of programs for persons with disabilities, they provide employment assistance, transportation, counseling and case management for disabled residents.

“Expanding residential opportunities in the most integrated settings possible is one of the most important goals of OPWWD’s mission, which is to help people with developmental disabilities live richer lives in their community of choice,” said OPWDD’s Acting Commissioner Kerry A. Delaney. “The Independence Square project will provide 14 people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to achieve their goal of living independently in the community with the appropriate supports.”

Independence Square has been LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council for:  exceeding New York State Energy Star requirements with a 50 per cent reduction in energy use; being designed and constructed for a superior level of indoor air quality; installing of high efficiency water fixtures throughout the building; achieving a waste diversion rate of 96 per cent with only 54 per cent of construction waste added to the landfill waste stream and using environmentally preferred and low Volatile Organic Compounds in carpeting, cabinetry and finishes.

This $16.9 million project received HCR support through $725,000 from the Housing Trust Fund and about $13.9 of tax credit equity through the federal Low-Income Housing Credit (LIHC) program. The credits will be syndicated by Raymond James Tax Credit Funds. These sources will leverage a Community Preservation Corporation loan of more than $499,000. The New York State Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) will provide rental subsidies for residents of 14 units and the Orange County Community Development Agency is providing $170,000.

The development team consists of Warwick Properties, Inc., developer; Independent Home Care, Inc., non-profit sponsor; MJJ Builders Corporation, general contractor; Devon Management Corporation, management agent and Coppola and Associates, architect.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) agencies include the Affordable Housing Corporation, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the Housing Finance Agency, State of New York Mortgage Agency, Housing Trust Fund Corporation and others. In 2014, HCR boasted a record year, financing the creation or preservation of 9,407 affordable housing units, including affordable home ownership opportunities for more than one thousand families. 2015 marks the third year of Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion statewide House NY program, whose goal is to create or preserve 14,300 affordable units by 2018. As the largest investment in New York State’s affordable housing stock in at least 15 years, House NY investments will keep thousands of low- and moderate-income Mitchell-Lama units affordable for another 40 years. The House NY initiative works in tandem with HCR’s vigorous efforts to protect more than two million rent-regulated tenants thanks to the greatest strengthening of the State’s rent laws in 30 years, and the creation of HCR’s Tenant Protection Unit which proactively audits and investigates landlord wrongdoing and has returned more than 40,000 units to rent regulation.

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Last Updated: 07/15/15