Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $51.9-million Renaissance Village project, a 123-unit affordable and supportive housing development in Middle Island that has 50 units set aside for homeless individuals with disabilities.
Developed by Concern for Independent Living, dwellings in the 10 new residential buildings range in size from studios to one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. There are also support services on site such as medication management training, symptom management, financial assistance, vocational training and rehabilitative counseling. The development opened in July.
“Supportive housing helps ensure some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers have access to the services they need, while also greatly reducing the associated costs of care,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “This development will help residents live on their own with easy access to the care they require, and support our efforts to build a stronger, healthier New York for all.”
Helping fund construction were $25 million in tax exempt bonds, a $1 million subsidy loan and $18 million in tax credits. The state Office of Mental Health awarded the development $10.6 million in capital funds, a $420,000 grant to cover furnishings and about $775,000 in ongoing annual operating costs.
The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program contributed $7.5 million, Bank of America provided a $2.2 million subsidy loan and Suffolk County contributed $1.5 million.
Besides the 50 units for the homeless, the remaining apartments are affordable housing for low-income individuals and families, officials said. The project also includes a community center with exercise room, computer room and community space, in addition to on-site laundry facilities.