Rochester, NY – May 12, 2017 – CDS Housing received $19.5 million in state funding to construct a 96- unit affordable senior living community in the town of Webster, as well as $11.87 million to construct a 50-unit affordable and integrated senior living community in the city of Elmira. These housing communities will be open to seniors age 55 and older, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and veterans.
“This funding will further allow us to not only provide needed housing for seniors and veterans, but it will also provide community housing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” CDS Life Transitions President/CEO Sankar Sewnauth said. “These integrated housing communities are places of inclusion where people of all abilities can live and pursue their dreams.”
The Webster senior living community will be constructed north of CDS Life Transitions’ (CDS Housing’s parent company) headquarters at 860 Hard Rd., Webster and west of CDS Housing’s second senior living community, which opened in early 2015. This new project will contain 82 one-bedroom and 14 two-bedroom apartments. Fifteen units will be reserved for frail elderly and Warrior Salute Veteran Services will provide on-site programs and services for veteran residents.
The Elmira senior living community will be located at 910 Maple Avenue, Elmira NY and will have 50 one-bedroom apartments, ten of which will be reserved for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This project has also received funding from the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). AIM Independent Living Center has partnered with CDS Housing on this project to provide support services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Medicaid Service Coordination, individualized person-centered planning and health education lectures and seminars, among others.
“This project is exactly what the disability community in our area needs,” AIM Independent Living Center Executive Director René Snyder said. “The lack of affordable, accessible housing is one of the most significant barriers to independent living, and this project will ensure that more seniors and individuals with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to live integrated lives in the community. And while this development will feature independent-living apartments, AIM will have an office on site to help residents with their service needs.”
The Webster senior living community received $3.8 million in Housing Trust Funds, $1.2 million in low-income credit and $355,197 of New York State low-income housing tax credit from New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR). The project also received $200,000 from the Monroe County HOME program and $150,000 from the CDS Wolf Foundation. The Elmira project received $2 million in Housing Trust Funds from HCR, and $865,000 in low-income credit from HCR. This project also received $1.2 million from OPWDD and $75,000 from the CDS Wolf Foundation.
Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2017 and is expected to be completed in fall of 2018. Applications will be accepted beginning in spring 2018.
About CDS Housing
Celebrating 40 years under its parent company, CDS Life Transitions, CDS Housing provides quality, integrated housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, seniors and veterans. To learn more about CDS Housing please visit www.cdshousing.org
AIM Independent Living Center, more commonly known as AIM, is a nonprofit organization that serves people with disabilities in New York’s Southern Tier. Founded in 1979, AIM serves people of all ages, with any type of disability. AIM’s programs and services support an individual’s right to choice, independence and community integration.