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New York State Homes and Community Renewal Announces $284,000 Award For Home Helpers of Amsterdam to Relocate to Larger Space, Add Jobs

New York State Homes and Community Renewal today announced Home Helpers and Direct Link of Amsterdam (HHDLA) will expand thanks to a $284,000 State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Business Program award requested by the Town of Amsterdam in Montgomery County.

HCR Commissioner James S. Rubin said: “As our population ages, more people need the sort of services Home Helpers provides, and thanks to this grant, more people can avail themselves of the support that Home Helpers offers. The State’s Community Development Block Grant program is a small business assistance program whose effects are wide-ranging and far-reaching. Right here in Amsterdam, these funds will help create and retain jobs, keep people in their homes and foster the sort of economic activity that will result from the renovation of the YMCA space strengthens the community and boosts the local economy. This is Governor Cuomo’s mandate to strengthen communities by using our public sector resources to drive private and nonprofit sector growth.”

HHDLA will use the funds to help them move to become a prime tenant in space soon-to-be-vacated by the YMCA in the Village of Hagaman and add employees. HHDLA provides in-home health care and services that enable older people and those with long-term disabilities remain in their homes rather than live in nursing homes. Established in 2010, HHDLA has created 74 full-time equivalent jobs. The total cost of HHDLA’s expansion project is $710,800. As a result, they expect to create 24 additional full time jobs – 22 of them for low- and moderate-income people – over the next two years, as its service grows. At the same time, the renovation and alterations to the layout of the YMCA space is expected to attract other health-related and human services tenants to the site. The building itself will be returned to the town’s tax rolls.

Supervisor of the Town of Amsterdam Thomas DiMezza said: “A project of this kind has the ability to transform our town. Home Helpers will be able to expand their work force and assist more people. More people will have jobs which helps their families. And a building will return to our tax rolls. We thank Governor Cuomo and his dedicated HCR team for helping us reach this point.”

HHDLA Chief Executive Office Ramon Rodriguez said: “The need for the services we provide is growing. Thanks to Governor Cuomo, HCR, Montgomery County and the Town of Amsterdam, we can continue to meet our community’s needs. We are grateful that this financial assistance will enable us to expand our efforts, both to serve clients and employ area residents, as well as contributing to the economic development of the Village of Hagaman.”

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About New York State Homes and Community Renewal
New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) is responsible for carrying out Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s $10 billion HOUSE NY 2020 plan to finance 100,000 affordable housing units over five years and leading the Governor’s $10 billion Homelessness Action Plan to create 20,000 new supportive housing units over the next 15 years. HCR agencies and programs Build NY, creating new affordable housing; Preserve NY: extending affordability of existing units statewide; Welcome Home NY:  increasing access to affordable homeownership for all New Yorkers, including special programs for veterans; provide Opportunity NY:  promoting and protecting tenant rights and expanding housing opportunities to ensure State investments benefit all New Yorkers; and Revitalize NY: investing in downtowns and communities across the State. For more information on HCR programs and agencies, please visit