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New York State Homes and Community Renewal and Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley in Troy Announce Final Phase of Nearly $900,000 Renovations Complete

HCR Total Investment of $500,000 for Improvements and Upgrades Allow Organization to Expand Programs and Services, Better Serve More than 1,500 People Per Year with Disabilities throughout the Capital Region

New York State Homes and Community Renewal and the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley today announced that the final phase of the Center’s $900,000 renovation is complete, allowing the organization to expand and better serve more than 1,500 people each year seeking support for a variety of physical, intellectual, and emotional disabilities. The work was accomplished with $500,000 from HCR and made the building more accessible and sustainable.

RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal said, “Congratulations to the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley and to people with disabilities throughout the Capital Region who will benefit from the Center’s enhanced accessibility and space, and have a greater opportunity to live independently and thrive in their communities.  Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, HCR is investing in projects that improve quality of life and increase opportunities for all New Yorkers to create supportive communities with strong economic foundations.”

ILCHV was awarded HCR funding in 2012, 2013, and 2015. The support helped the organization increase usable space and expand programs and services at the building on Third Street in Troy. 

The HCR investments included: 

In addition, ILCHV was awarded $269,500 in funding by way of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York’s (DASNY) Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program (NICIP).  An initiative established by Governor Cuomo, NICIP invests in projects throughout the state that will improve or maintain the quality, efficiency, accessibility and reach of nonprofit human services organizations providing direct services to New Yorkers.
“DASNY is delighted to assist organizations that are truly making a difference in their local communities, such as the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley,” said Gerrard P. Bushell, President and CEO of DASNY. “Providing organizations that support our most vulnerable neighbors with funding opportunities not only enables them to enhance their facilities and expand their reach, it is an essential component to keeping New York’s economy soaring.”

The organization celebrated the grand opening of its newly renovated space with a ribbon cutting and dedication today, and an opening reception that included the unveiling of a client-created mixed media art project: I am Able: What I Love About Me. The mixed media project was partially funded through the decentralization program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts. 

About New York State Homes and Community Renewal
NYS Homes and Community Renewal’s (HCR) housing and community development agencies work to create, preserve and improve affordable homes and vibrant communities. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s commitment to providing all New Yorkers with access to safe, affordable housing is reflected in the State’s unprecedented $20 billion, five-year Housing Plan, which makes housing accessible and combats homelessness by building and preserving 112,000 units of affordable housing, including 6,000 supportive apartments. The plan is a far-reaching approach to statewide housing issues and includes investing in multifamily and single-family housing, furthering community development strategies, and preserving rent stabilization. more information on HCR agencies, programs and initiatives, please visit: http://www.nyshcr.org/

About DASNY
DASNY (Dormitory Authority of the State of New York) is among the nation’s largest issuers of low-cost, tax-exempt bonds and one of its largest public builders with the unique ability to manage the procurement and purchasing of items such as scientific, health and security equipment. DASNY is New York’s developer, creating the health, education and scientific facilities that form the backbone of inclusive, sustainable communities and help them compete on the global stage.

About Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley
Established thirty years ago, the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley is a community based non-profit, non-residential organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities gain independence. ILCHV is peer-run, with most of the staff and board of directors are persons with disabilities. ILCHV is a cross-disability organization, serving individuals whose disabilities affect hearing, seeing, walking, learning, and mental health. ILCHV also serves people whose disabilities may be hidden, such as those with HIV or diabetes.  Services provided include, but are not limited to:

In addition to direct services ILCHV addresses systemic barriers to independence. Through education, technical assistance, and advocacy, ILCHV promotes changes that ensure equal access for all, regardless of the presence of a disability.

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