Governor Hochul Announces Completion of $ 21.7 Million Affordable and Supportive Housing Development in Ithaca

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that construction is complete on a $ 21.7 million affordable and supportive housing development in Ithaca. West End Heights offers 60 apartments, 38 of which are reserved for people in need of support services to live independently.

“Access to quality, affordable and supportive homes where New Yorkers can live and thrive are the cornerstone of my administration,” Governor Hochul said. “I am proud to support projects like West End Heights that promote personal health and a better, greener future for New York.”

West End Heights is part of Governor Hochul’s statewide plan to make housing more affordable, equitable, and stable. In the recent enacted State Budget, the Governor successfully secured a new $ 25 billion, comprehensive housing plan that will increase the supply of affordable housing across New York, including 10,000 with support services for vulnerable populations, plus electrification of an additional 50,000 homes.

West End Heights is a five-story, elevator building with 60 one-bedroom apartments adjacent to Washington Park. Lakeview Health Services, Inc. Five aging buildings were demolished to clear the site for the new building;

Fifty-four of the apartments are earning below 50 percent of the Area Median Income and six apartments are reserved for those making at or below 60 percent AMI.

Twenty apartments are set aside for people who have access to rental subsidies and supportive services funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health. The additional 18 apartments funded through the Empire State Support Service, which will serve as a counseling and trauma recovery service, administered by OMH.

Amenities include laundry facilities, a community room, a lounge area on each floor, a courtyard, and a 24-hour secured entrance. The development is in a walkable neighborhood and near public bus lines, including ADA Paratransit, and shopping.

West End Heights is compliant with Ithaca’s own Green Building Policy and is seeking certification through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and ENERGY STARĀ® Certified Homes Program Version 3.1. Energy-efficient features include ENERGY STAR appliances and LED lighting, windows, insulation, air sealing and additional measures to improve indoor air quality, take full advantage of natural light, maximize resident comfort, and reduce overall energy consumption and costs. In addition to being cable and internet ready, there are high-performance all-electric heating and cooling systems with individual controls in each apartment.

State funding for West End Heights includes Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits that generated $ 11.4 million in equity and $ 4 million in subsidy from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance provided $ 3.7 million from the Homeless Housing Assistance Program. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided $ 56,000 in support of the Low-rise Residential New Construction program. The Community Preservation Corporation provided $ 8.1 million in construction financing and $ 1.8 million in permanent funding. The Tompkins County Community Housing Development Fund provided $ 250,000.

This project was a recipient of the 2022 AIA New York State – Excelsior Award of Merit, a statewide award recognizing design excellence in publicly funded projects.

Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, “West End Heights delivers the high-quality, energy-efficient homes that New Yorkers deserve while helping the city of Ithaca’s economic development goals. will benefit the entire community. the housing we are providing – for the individual, the community and for the State. ”

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Daniel W. Tietz said, “New Yorkers who experience homelessness often face challenges that can exacerbate their housing instability. Hochul’s continued support for projects funded through the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program showing her strong resolve to address housing instability throughout our State. ”

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President and CEO Doreen M. Harris said, “We are pleased to see the West End Heights project cutting the ribbon on new and affordable housing that exposes Ithaca’s most vulnerable residents. “New Yorkers benefit equitably in the transition to a clean energy economy.”

New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan said, “For people living with and recovering from mental illness, supporting housing plays a vital role. West End Heights will provide quality housing for clients that will encourage their recovery and independence. “

State Senator Tom O’Mara said, “West End Heights is an exciting new addition to the Ithaca community. community at large. ”

Assemblymember Anna Kelles said, “The county is in need of affordable and supportive housing. Lakeview Health Services has been providing safe, quality, affordable housing and wrap around services for many years. housing needs have escalated. “

Ithaca Acting Mayor Laura Lewis said, “I am excited that West End Heights has created 60 affordable housing units with more than half of the units reserved for independent living. This is an asset to our community. Tax Credit Program, Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Tompkins County Community Housing Development Fund and Lakeview Healthcare Services for recognizing how important it is to provide housing for our most vulnerable residents in a safe and supportive environment. ”

Tompkins County Legislature Chair Shawna Black said, “I’m proud of this new housing development in our community; Also support those who have experienced homelessness with both housing and community support.

Lakeview Health Services Chief Executive Officer Dr. Harry Merryman said, “One of our primary goals is to provide affordable, stable, and safe housing along with support services for those in need in our communities. that is especially grateful for the support we have received from the city of Ithaca and our New York State agency partners: Homes and Community Renewal, the Office of Mental Health, and the Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation. the construction of this beautiful building will enhance the quality of life in the Ithaca community for years to come. ”

The Community Preservation Corporation Neighborhood Mortgage Officer Patrick Miller said, The West End Heights project speaks to the Ithaca community, acting as a vital source of affordable housing Lakeview Health Services and team for their years of partnership with CPC, and the NYS Office of Mental Health for their work and support. ”

National Equity Fund Vice President and Regional Manager Emily Chen said, “The National Equity Fund’s mission is to provide innovative, collaborative financial solutions to expand the creation and preservation of affordable housing. agency level have been integral in making West End Heights a reality for its residents and the community. ”

Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring

Today’s announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The regionally designed plan focuses on attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $ 500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. The State’s $ 500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $ 2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.

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