Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction has begun on the $7.35 million Riverview Apartments project in Cortland. When complete, the two-story, 39-unit building will provide affordable housing for low-income families as well as supportive housing for individuals who require behavioral health services. Christopher Community Inc. is developing the project which is being funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, the Community Preservation Corporation and Enterprise Community Investment. Catholic Charities of Cortland County will provide comprehensive mental health services to the tenants in the supportive units.

“Access to housing is a basic human right and today we are building on our efforts to ensure that every New Yorker has a safe and affordable place to live,” Governor Cuomo said. “This project will help provide the most vulnerable residents in the region with a place to call home and build a brighter and more sustainable Central New York community.”

Located at 6 – 10 Riverview Avenue, the apartments under construction are among the thousands of units that form the foundation of the Governor’s new, $10 billion House New York 2020 program to create or preserve 100,000 affordable units over the next five years.

The 17,306-square-foot building will have a total of 39 affordable apartments with 20 one-bedroom apartments designated for people with serious mental illness. Catholic Charities of Cortland County will provide wrap-around mental health services to these residents. Services can include case management, housing supports, peer supports, linkage to health home providers, and 24/7 emergency support. The remaining 19 affordable units will provide an affordable housing option for low-income families.

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