Governor Hochul announces completion of $ 30 million affordable housing development in Suffolk County

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Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of a $ 30 million housing development in the hamlet of Bay Shore, Suffolk County. Bayshore Seniors’ Residence offers 75 affordable housing units to households with at least one resident 55 years of age or older. The LGBT network will operate a center for the elderly on the ground floor of the building.

“Communities in New York State thrive when everyone, not just the rich and privileged, has a safe and affordable place to call home.” Governor Hochul said. “This is why my administration will fight to achieve equality in housing for all, especially for New Yorkers who identify as LGBTQ and are often disproportionately affected by homelessness and discrimination. housing. The Bayshore retirement home is another example of our commitment to ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to the decent housing they can afford with the care and support they need to thrive. ”

Bayshore Seniors’ Residence features 75 affordable apartments for households earning between 30 and 80 percent of the region’s median income. The developer of the project is The D&F Development Group, LLC.

Twelve apartments are reserved for households in need of support services provided by the LGBT Network. The facility also has a state-of-the-art 8,000-square-foot LGBT-operated senior center on the ground floor of the building, which offers health and wellness-related services and programs. , food and nutrition and the arts.

The development is conveniently located near retail, transportation, recreation and medical services. Each apartment has Energy Star appliances and central air conditioning. The building has a laundry room, a community room, an intercom system and security cameras. Eleven apartments are accessible to people with reduced mobility or hearing impaired.

State funding for the Bayshore Seniors Residence includes federal and state low-income housing tax credits that have generated $ 19 million in equity and $ 3.2 million UNHCR grant. Additional funding was provided by CPC / New York City Employees Retirement System, Suffolk County, a deferred developer commission, and D&F / LGBT Network Equity.

UNHCR Commissioner Ruth Anne Visnauskas said: “Our path to recovery from the pandemic hinges on our commitment to justice and our efforts to serve those most in need of our support. Through our partnership with the LGBT Network and the D&F Development Group, we have created an environment safe and welcoming living space for 75 households and a brand new Seniors Center that will benefit and enrich the LGBT community in Suffolk County. The $ 32 million Bayshore Seniors Residence offers a range of services and programs that will enable residents to live proud, active, healthy and fulfilling lives. like this one honors New York’s diversity and expands opportunities and inclusiveness for all. ”

The Bayshore Seniors Residence is part of the state’s unprecedented five-year, $ 20 billion housing plan to make housing accessible and fight homelessness by building or preserving more than 100,000 affordable housing units and 6 000 with support services. Since 2011, New York State Homes and Community Renewal has invested more than $ 366 million in Long Island, creating or preserving nearly 3,000 affordable homes.

Peter G. Florey, Director of The D&F Development Group, LLC, said: “We would like to thank NYS Homes & Community Renewal, Suffolk County Economic Development and Planning Department, Town of Islip, Town of Islip Industrial Development Agency, POKO Partners, LLC, Xenolith Partners , LLC, the Long Island Housing Partnership and of course, the LGBT Network which provided essential funding and support to make this first-of-its-kind housing possible. Without this support, this incredibly important development would not have been possible. ”

Dr David Kilmnick, President / CEO of the LGBT Network, said: “We are proud and honored to open the country’s first affordable LGBT / LGBT-friendly suburban housing and our 3rd LGBT community center on Long Island. The support we have received since the inauguration several years ago until now is a testament to community has come and how we continue to work collaboratively and collectively to embrace the LGBT community in our area. While we still have a long way to go, the new LGBT housing and center as well as the health, social services and advocacy programs that will be provided will ensure that our LGBT seniors age gracefully without fear of discrimination and will display, embrace, value and proudly celebrate their life. the rights we all have today. “

Senator Phil Boyle said: “I am pleased to welcome the first affordable and LGBT-friendly senior apartment complex in the hamlet of Bay Shore. In addition to providing affordable housing, the state-of-the-art senior center, run by the LGBT network, will be of tremendous benefit to the State Housing and Community Renewal Agency for funding $ 3.2 million. dollars that helped make this historic housing project viable.

Suffolk County Director Steve Bellone said: “Affordable housing is essential to the growth of our inner cities, and it is not just the young people who are looking for these types of apartments, its older people who are looking to downsize and take a break from maintenance. owning a house. This LGBT-friendly development, the first of its kind here on Long Island, will provide our seniors who may have already struggled to find a place where they felt they belonged, a permanent and safe home right here in Suffolk County. “

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