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$8.1 million supportive housing project for young adults in Ithaca, N.Y. complete

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 18, 2019
Amici House
Empire State   Amici House

Tompkins Community Action's Amici House, an $8.1 million project providing 23 units of permanent supportive housing for young adults in Ithaca, N.Y. including those with children, is complete.

Topics: Supportive housing Ithaca

The apartments are located in the same building as Tompkins Community Action's offices and next door to the agency's new Harriet Giannelis Child Care Center, a Head Start/Early Head Start facility serving income-eligible families.

Financing for the project includes $3.7 million from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program; New York State Homes and Community Renewal provided $1.8 million from the Housing Trust Fund and $1.3 million from the Community Investment Fund; a $603,000 loan from M&T Bank; $350,000 from the Federal Home Loan Bank; $300,000 from Tompkins County Community Housing Development Fund; a Community Development Block Grant of $84,200; and $23,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Amici House provides 23 apartments for young adults in Ithaca aged 18 to 25 years old, who are single, pregnant or have a young child.

Supportive services provided at the location by Tompkins Community Action include case management, child care, child and family development and parenting classes.

Additional services, such as substance abuse and mental health counseling, employment/education assistance and legal aid are available through other off-site providers.

The 7,020-square-foot Harriet Giannelis Child Care Center includes five classrooms, serving pregnant mothers and children from infancy through preschool, a kitchen, public restrooms, staff offices and storage space, along with a fenced outdoor play area.

The center is named for Tompkins Community Action's late Chief Financial Officer Harriet Giannelis.

Rental assistance and support services for Amici House will be funded through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) and a U.S.

Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care Supportive Housing Program award.


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