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CDS Housing receives $19.5M to build senior living community in Webster

New York State is providing CDS Housing LLC with $19.5 million in funding to build a 96-unit senior living community in Webster, officials announced Friday. The new facility will be located at 860 Hard Road.

CDS Housing also will receive $11.87 million to create a senior living community in Elmira, Chemung County, officials said. It will be located at 910 Maple Avenue.

“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,” said Sankar Sewnauth, president and CEO of CDS Life Transitions. “These integrated housing communities are places of inclusion where people of all abilities can live and pursue their dreams.”

The Webster senior living community received:

  • $3.8 million in Housing Trust Funds;
  • $1.2 million in low income credit;
  • $355,197 of New York State low-income housing tax credit from New York State Homes and Community Renewal;
  • $200,000 from the Monroe County HOME program; and
  • $150,000 from the CDS Wolf Foundation.

Both housing units will be open to seniors ages 55 and up as well as people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and veterans, the organization said.

The Webster facility will contain 82 one-bedroom and 14 two bedroom apartments, and 15 units will be reserved for frail elderly. Warrior Salute Veteran Services will provide on-site programs and services for veteran residents.

The Elmira facility will have 50 one-bedroom apartments and 10 of those apartments will be reserved for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

CDS Housing has partnered with AIM Independent Living Center—a nonprofit that serves those with disabilities in the Southern Tier—to help serve  people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in ways such as 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,” said René Snyder, executive director of the AIM Independent Living Center. “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.”

Construction is anticipated to begin in this fall. The projects are expected to be completed in fall 2018. Applications will be accepted beginning in spring 2018, CDS Housing said.

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