Homeless Housing Assistance Program
The Utica Center for Development, Inc. (2016-007) received a $3,174,100 reservation award of HHAP funds in June 2016 for the rehabilitation of a former YMCA building in the City of Utica.
The proposal is to convert vacant space on the third & fourth floors of the building into 18 housing units, including seven (7) units of permanent supportive housing, as well as ten (10) units of transitional housing, both for homeless veterans and their families. The remaining unit is for a superintendent.
Other development funding sources include $35,000 from a City of Utica Community Development Block Grant and a $15,000 equity contribution from the sponsor.
The total project cost is $3,224,100.
The seven (7) permanent units will be supported an Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) subsidy. The remaining units will be supported by a VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Grant, and a United Way Staffing Grant. Tenant rental income will compromise the remainder of the revenue.
The Utica Center for Development, Inc. (UCD) is a non-profit corporation formed in 2008 to address the shortage of services and supports needed by veterans throughout Oneida, Madison, Herkimer, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Otsego Counties. The Central New York Veterans Outreach Center is the signature program of the UCD. With its offices located in downtown Utica, the CNYVOC serves as a one stop facility in Utica for veterans residing throughout Central New York. 250 veterans are served monthly by the center, which works with various agencies such as the local Dept. of Veterans Affairs, various local departments of social services, and Catholic Charities to ensure that veterans have the support services they need.