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December 10, 2019

New York State Announces Completion of Affordable and Supportive Housing Development in the North Country

New York State Announces Completion of Affordable and Supportive Housing Development in the North Country
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State Provides Nearly $3.1 Million to Support St. Regis Mohawk Reservation Project

New York State Homes and Community Renewal and New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance today announced the completion of a $7 million affordable housing development on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation in the Akwesasne territory. Located near the Franklin County hamlet of Hogansburg/Akwesasne and developed in partnership with the Akwesasne Housing Authority, Sunrise Acres Phase III features two single-story buildings with a total of 18 affordable apartments, including four supportive homes reserved for veterans who are experiencing homelessness.

“Governor Cuomo’s commitment to building affordable and supportive housing across the state is helping New Yorkers in need live independently near their neighbors, family and friends,” HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said. “Sunrise Acres Phase III brings 18 high-quality homes for seniors, veterans and people with disabilities to the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation. Thanks to our state and local partners, this development furthers our fight against homelessness and builds a stronger community for all in Akwesasne.”

OTDA Commissioner Mike Hein said, “Providing access to safe and affordable housing is a crucial first step in our efforts to help individuals experiencing homelessness, especially those who served honorably in our nation’s armed services. Yet without addressing the underlying issues that contributed to their housing instability, these efforts can sometimes fall short. Sunrise Acres will provide an array of supportive services that its veteran tenants can rely on to achieve lasting housing stability.

Sunrise Acres Phase III includes a building with 12 apartments for individuals who are 55 or older, with 10 of these apartments for those who are frail. The remaining two apartments will be reserved for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

The project’s second building features six apartments, including four supportive homes reserved for veterans who are experiencing homelessness. The Franklin County Veterans Service Agency, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the St. Regis Mohawk Health Services’ Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Program will provide the supportive services, with program support funded through the state’s Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative.

All apartments will be affordable to households earning at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income. The Akwesasne Housing Authority will provide rental assistance for eight units, while OTDA will provide rental assistance for the four supportive units.

Sunrise Acres Phase III also features offices, a large community space, and laundry facilities in both buildings. There are two fully accessible, move-in ready units for persons with mobility impairment, and one unit move-in ready unit for an individual with a hearing or vision impairment.

State funding for the project included $2.2 million from HCR’s HOME program, $800,000 from OTDA’s Homeless Housing Assistance Program, and $64,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The Akwesasne Housing Authority also provided nearly $3.5 million to fund the project through HUD’s Indian Housing Block Grant Program. Additional financing was provided through the Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program.

Governor Andrew 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. The plan makes housing accessible and combats homelessness by building or preserving more than 100,000 affordable homes and 6,000 with supportive services.

Since 2011, HCR has invested more than $95 million in the North Country region that has created or preserved over 1,900 affordable homes for about 4,500 residents.

The State’s investment in Sunrise Acres Phase III also supports the Governor’s “Health Across All Policies and Age-Friendly State” initiative by preserving affordable homes for older adults. This collaborative approach integrates health considerations into policymaking across all sectors to improve community health and wellness.

Senator Betty Little said, "This new development will help meet an essential need in the St. Regis Mohawk community. I couldn't be more pleased by this affordable housing investment, which will certainly go a long way in helping change lives for the better for many years to come."

Assemblymember Billy Jones said, “The completion of this development helps provide additional affordable apartments in the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation in the Akwesasne territory.  I am pleased that apartments will be set aside for veterans experiencing homelessness, for people with intellectual or development disabilities, and for senior citizens. It is imperative that individuals have access to affordable housing here in the North Country.” 

Chairman of the Board of Legislators of Franklin County Don Dabiew said, “Sunrise Acres Phase III is providing much-needed affordable housing for seniors and veterans in Franklin County. Congratulations to the Akwesasne Housing Authority and everyone who made this exciting new development possible. We welcome residents to their new homes.”

St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief Beverly Cook said, “We are so proud of this new residence and all the work that was put in to its completion. Sunrise Acres Phase III provides new affordable housing for members of our community that need help to live independently.”

Akwesasne Housing Authority Executive Director Retha Leno said, “It has been an exciting journey to bring this project to fruition! We have worked hard in our discovery of several new sources of financing for a long awaited project. We are very thankful for the support from not only the funders of the capital project, but the service providers who will now begin the important work of supporting residents by connecting them to resources that will embrace, empower, and sustain their independence in a safe, affordable environment within their deeply rooted homelands of Akwesasne.”