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Legislature Approves Community Housing Development Fund Award to Amici House

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislators Leslyn McBean-Clairborne and Peter Stein were excused; Legislator Carol Chock was permitted to abstain), authorized the expenditure of $125,000 of its allocation in the Community Housing Development Fund to support Tompkins Community Action’s Amici House project, as recommended by the Community Housing Development Fund Program Oversight Committee. (The Program Oversight Committee has also recommended an additional $100,000 in fund support for the project from the City of Ithaca’s allocation.)

The Amici House and Childcare Center project includes two buildings, one to provide housing for young homeless people and their children, and the other to provide childcare. The grant award specifically supports construction of the 23 efficiency apartments within one of the buildings, which will adjoin TCA’s existing office building. A previously awarded $75,000 pre-development loan, provided by the County, will also be forgiven.

The Legislature also concurred with the City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board determination, under the State Environmental Quality Review process, that the project adequately protects and preserves the environment, and will not have any potentially adverse environmental effects.