Governor Hochul Announces Completion of $13.5 Million Affordable and Supportive Housing Development for Seniors in Rochester

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of a $13.5 million affordable and supportive housing development in southwest Rochester. Zion Hill Senior Apartments offers 45 affordable apartments for households aged 55 and over, with seven apartments reserved for residents who need support services to help them live independently.

“Access to safe, affordable and supportive housing is essential to help seniors stay healthy, active and engaged in their community,” Governor Hochul said. “Zion Hill Senior Apartments provide a comfortable and secure environment, while complementing transit-focused revitalization efforts in Rochester. Developments like this will ultimately help us create a greener, more equitable New York City for people. to come up.”

Zion Hill Senior Apartments is part of Governor Hochul’s sweeping plans to make housing more affordable, equitable and stable. This year the state is on track to meet its current housing plan goal of creating and preserving 100,000 affordable homes and this year the state is on track to meet its current housing plan to create and maintain 100,000 affordable housing units and has already surpassed the goal of creating 6,000 supportive housing units. Governor Hochul is building on this successful effort with a proposal for a new, five-year, $25 billion housing plan that will create and preserve 100,000 more affordable homes in urban and rural New York, including 10,000 with services. Support. As outlined in its 2023 Executive Budget, Zion Hill is also deepening the Governor’s commitment to encourage the development of multi-family housing near public transportation, all to promote affordability while reducing housing insecurity and stimulating economic growth. Social and economic mobility and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions are also key elements of its proposal.

The development consists of a single L-shaped building on the corner of Dr. Samuel McCree Way and Wooden Street. With frequent service along multiple bus routes, this location has been designated a “Transit Support Corridor” by the City of Rochester and identified as a target for strategic development.

The 45 apartments are affordable for households with an income equal to or less than 50% of the region’s median income. Seven households will have access to on-site support services provided by Rochester Management, Inc.

The building offers many safety features, including carpeting and handrails in the main hallways, as well as grab bars in each apartment to reduce the risk of falling. Each apartment also has an emergency aid communication system. There are five fully adapted and ready to move in apartments for tenants with reduced mobility and two fully adapted and ready to move in apartments for hearing or visually impaired tenants.

Zion Hill Senior Apartments are equipped with energy efficient features such as LED lighting, Energy Star certified appliances and high efficiency furnaces and condensing units for heating and cooling. Residential facilities include a laundry room, community room with kitchen, fitness room and rooftop terrace. Each apartment has a balcony or patio and bulk storage space.

The development team is a joint venture between Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church and Rochester Management, Inc.

State support for Zion Hill seniors’ apartments includes federal low-income housing tax credits that generated $8.8 million in equity and $3.5 million in grants from the from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will provide $45,000 in support. Additional funding was provided by the City of Rochester and the Federal Home Loan Bank. The Rochester Housing Authority provides 8 project-based housing choice vouchers.

UNHCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said: “All New Yorkers deserve to age in place with safe homes they can afford in the communities they love. Zion Hill will provide this important neighborhood with thoughtfully designed apartments with energy-efficient features and a convenient location focused on We are grateful for our partnership with Rochester’s faith community, including Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church and Rochester Management, Inc., who share our commitment to making this city an even better place to live. .

Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said: “With the ribbon cutting of Zion Hill Senior Apartments, vulnerable seniors in Rochester now have increased access to affordable and supportive housing that is not only safe and comfortable, but also energy efficient. NYSERDA and the state are committed to reducing harmful emissions while ensuring that all New Yorkers benefit from the transition to clean energy as we move toward Governor Hochul’s goal of reaching two million eco-friendly homes of the climate by 2030.

Rochester Management, Inc. CEO and President Peggy J. Hill said“We are thrilled to be able to bring the modern, beautiful and affordable homes that seniors in the City of Rochester need so badly and to provide homes that will adapt to their needs as they age in place.”

Reverend Dr Richard Douglass of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church said: “Zion Hill is a church committed to spiritual empowerment and uplifting the community.”

Senator Jeremy Cooney said: “This collaboration and investment addresses a critical need for affordable and supportive senior housing in our community. We are grateful for the partnership between NYS Homes & Community Renewal, Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church and Rochester Management, Inc. for focus on the needs of a vulnerable population in our region. I look forward to New York State’s continued commitment to our seniors, for the future development of the Transit-Supportive Corridor.”

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said: “Our seniors deserve affordable housing that meets their need to live healthy, independent lives. Projects like this are a key part of my administration’s commitment to better infrastructure for all. I thank Governor Kathy Hochul, Mayor Malik Evans, Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church and Rochester Management, Inc. for making this much needed housing development project a reality.”

Mayor Malik Evans said: “The Zion Hill Seniors Apartments are a symbol of progress for our city. Its completion helps fill a critical need in our community for quality, affordable housing and continues the revitalization of the Bull’s Head area. I am grateful for the City’s continued partnership with our local leaders and community stakeholders to continue our pursuit of housing equity for all. »

Accelerate Finger Lakes Forward

Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive plan to generate robust economic growth and community development. The regionally designed plan emphasizes investment in key industries including photonics, agriculture and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million investment from the state through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. The state’s $500 million investment will spur private businesses to invest well over $2.5 billion — and the region’s plan, as submitted, calls for up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.

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