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Funding Approved to Support Transitional Housing Plan

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislators Carol Chock and Martha Robertson were excused), allocated $50,000 in Contingent funding to support the transitional housing initiative, developed by the Ithaca/Tompkins Continuum of Care. The funds were allocated to the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County, as lead agency of the Continuum of Care. As part of the 2017 County Budget process, $50,000 in contingent funding per year for three years was approved, to support transitional housing to serve the homeless or those reentering the community from incarceration or recovery.

The 2017 allocation will support three projects, as recommended by the Human Services Coalition:
 $27,000 to Catholic Charities, in partnership with Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) for a “bridging the gap” rental subsidy to assist individuals in meeting criteria for a rental unit through INHs;
 $5,000 to the Advocacy Center to establish an Emergency Housing Fund for victims of domestic violence, with the intent of preventing homelessness through one-time financial support;
 $18,000 to Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources (OAR) to support renovations to its “Endeavor House” project, which will provide transitional housing for those returning to the community from the Tompkins County Jail.