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New York State Homes and Community Renewal Announces Opening of $12.6 Million Affordable Housing Development in Town of Geddes

Harborbrook Apartments Delivers 60 Affordable Apartments for Seniors

Investment Complements ‘Central New York Rising’ – Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

November 16, 2018 – New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas today announced the opening of a $12.6 million affordable housing development in the Onondaga County Town of Geddes. Developed by Christopher Community, Inc., Harborbrook Apartments provides 60 affordable homes for age 55 and older. The development is adjacent to The Centers at St. Camillus Campus, which will provide support services for seniors or residents at risk of homelessness in 20 of the apartments funded through the State’s Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative.

Commissioner Visnauskas said, “Harborbrook Apartments and The Centers at St. Camillus Campus are providing our seniors and other vulnerable neighbors with an affordable home and the support services they need to live in the community they love while avoiding costly nursing home and hospital care. When we expand opportunities for safe, secure homes for all New Yorkers, we strengthen our economy and keep Central New York rising.”

The State’s commitment to strengthening communities and growing the Central New York economy is reflected in CNY Rising, a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative that builds on the more than $5.6 billion the State has injected into the region since 2012. The State’s investment in Harborbrook Apartments complements CNY Rising by increasing access to high quality affordable housing that provides supportive services to help residents live independently in their community. Since 2011, HCR has invested $190 million in Central New York that has created or preserved affordable housing for about 7,700 residents.

Harborbrook Apartments was designed using an ‘aging in place’ model that provides accessible, affordable housing to help individuals remain independent at home, rather than residing in nursing homes or hospitals. The development features a centrally located elevator, handrails on both sides of hallways, roll-in showers and grab bars, easily adjustable/removable cabinetry in kitchens and bathrooms, wide doorways and hallways, non-slip surfaces, lever handles and no-step entryways. Amenities include a community room, Energy Star air conditioning and laundry facilities, a dishwasher in each apartment, computer lab, and outdoor patio and garden space.

Rents will be affordable to households with incomes below 70 percent of the area median income. Twenty of the 60 apartments are receiving support services from the adjacent The Centers at St. Camillus Campus with funding through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative.

HCR provided a Supportive Housing Opportunities Program loan of $2.8 million and a $912,000 Middle Income Housing Program loan. Awards of Federal and State Low Income Housing Tax Credits generated about $9 million for the project, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided a grant of $56,000.

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker said, Over the past several years, New York State, under Governor Cuomo, has been a national leader in providing livable communities for our seniors. This housing development, close to a health care facility, will provide residents with the support they need to age in place, with ready access to health and wellness services.”

NYSERDA President and CEO Alicia Barton said, “New York’s forward-thinking strategies under Governor Cuomo’s leadership ensure that all New Yorkers have access to clean, renewable energy. Harborbrook Apartments advances the State’s ambitious clean energy and climate goals by providing safe, energy efficient affordable housing that offers support and lower energy costs to some of our most vulnerable residents while supporting the economic goals of Central New York Rising.”

Onondaga County Executive J. Ryan McMahon II said, “Harborbrook Apartments is a prime example of what can be achieved when the public and private sectors work together to support our neighbors. This investment means that our seniors will have beautiful and safe homes while also maintaining their independence in homes of their own.”

Assemblyman William Magnarelli said, “I am happy to take part in this ribbon-cutting ceremony for a project which will allow low and middle-income individuals to remain in their homes and our community as they age, while still receiving the services they need.”

Town of Geddes Supervisor Jerry Albrigo said, “On behalf of the Geddes Town Board, I congratulate Christopher Community and St. Camillus for their hard work and effort in making the Harborbrook project a success, with such great benefit to the residents of the Town of Geddes and surrounding communities.”

Christopher Community, Inc., Vice President for Property Development Kelly A. Besaw, said, “The need for this type of supportive housing project was evident from the response by all who were involved. This was the best form of collaboration. Everyone from St. Camillus, our service partner, to the Town of Geddes, the municipality and the funders from New York State Homes and Community Renewal and Department of Health could see the vision for this project from day one and were nothing but supportive. Christopher Community has always been an expert in developing and managing senior housing. This project takes it to the next level. We created something truly special and developed a supportive housing and aging in place model that we hope to replicate in other areas of Upstate New York. The ability to live independently is something that no one wants to let go of. Being able to offer housing with appropriate services that allow individuals to maintain their independence and have a place to call their own is truly an honor.”

The Centers at St. Camillus President Aileen Balitz said, “We’re very excited to be part of the Harborbrook Apartments project which includes a new model of supportive housing made possible through an Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative award St. Camillus received from the New York State Department of Health. The award will allow us to develop what we believe will be a successful model of supportive housing, allowing the frail elderly and persons with disabilities the opportunity to live in dignity and age in place in the community. It truly will help our mission of helping people live as independently as possible for as long as possible.

Accelerating CNY Rising

Today’s announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.6 million in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.