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Community Housing Development Funds Authorized for West End Heights Project

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Community Housing Development Funds Authorized for West End Heights Project

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Legislature, without dissent (Legislators Carol Chock and Mike Sigler abstained due to potential conflicts), authorized expenditure of $100,000 from its share of Community Housing Development funding to support Lakeview Health Services’ West End Heights housing project at 709 W. Court Street in Ithaca, which will provide 60 rental units of supportive and affordable housing. The Program Oversight Committee of the Community Housing Development Fund accepted the project for $250,000 total funding—$100,000 from Tompkins County and $150,000 from the City of Ithaca.

Legislator Martha Robertson, chair of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, called it “a really exciting project that is badly needed,” to serve, in part, people with mental health-related disabilities. She noted that this allocation uses all of this year’s County contribution to the Community Housing Development Fund. County contribution to the Housing Fund comes from loan repayments of past Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards, not from property tax dollars.