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Two Building Save: Apartment Project Funding Approved

A near East Side apartment project for homeless veterans and low and moderate-income families and individuals has received funding through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program.

New York City-based HELP USA is planning to construct 47 apartments at the northwest corner of Broadway and Hickory Street. The project will incorporate the corner building 368 Broadway and preserve the façade of a three-story commercial building at 362 Broadway. A new four-story residential structure would occupy the balance of the site. HELP USA is working with Flynn Battaglia Architects to design the project.

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“HELP Buffalo II” will include 15 apartments targeted to homeless veterans with the balance targeted to low and moderate income families and individuals. The project will have 16 one-bedroom, 25 two-bedroom and 6 three-bedroom apartments. The existing corner building will house apartments on the upper floors and also feature a community room and office space for project management and supportive service staff.

The total cost of the project is $12 million, with $1.7 million coming from the State Homeless Housing and Assistance Program. HELP Buffalo II and a similar project in the Bronx received notice of the funding last week.

“Increasing affordable housing options in New York is a top priority for our administration, and today we’re taking an important step to help some of our most vulnerable residents,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “I am proud that we are moving these projects forward and getting closer to ensuring that all New Yorkers have a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home.”

HELP is a national non-profit developer of service enriched housing with projects in Buffalo, New York City, Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, PA and Las Vegas, NV. In 1999, HELP USA developed the Hickory Street Apartments in a stunning building (above, right) located at the same intersection. That project consists of 25 units of service-enriched housing for formerly homeless adults. Tenants of hickory street apartments pay rent and are employed or participate in programs to prepare them for employment.

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