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Legislature Approves Financial Arrangement for Development of Amici House Supportive Housing

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Legislature Approves Financial Arrangement for Development of Amici House Supportive Housing

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Legislature approved County financial support to enable Tompkins Community Action to develop the Amici House Project, which will serve homeless and housing-vulnerable young people. The action authorizes the County to acquire a parcel of land at 661 Spencer Road, owned by TCAction, at a cost of $118,000, and amend the County’s 2001 financing agreement for acquisition and development of TCAction’s adjacent headquarters, to incorporate the parcel. The existing 20-year payback agreement with TCAction will be extended by two years, to 2023, to reimburse the County for the additional expense. Approval came by a vote of 13 in favor, with Legislator Carol Chock recusing herself due to her family connection with Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, which is involved in some aspects of development of the project.

Amici House will house otherwise homeless young people, age 18-25, some of whom may have children. Operated by TCAction, the project will provide up to 23 units of supportive housing, as well as five Early Head Start Classrooms. It will consist of two structures, one for the residential units, the other for the classrooms. The action consolidates ownership of the entire TCAction complex. TCAction will use the sale proceeds to help develop the Amici House project, which is also expected to draw outside grant support.

Noting the action’s significance, Legislator Martha Robertson praised the initiative as “a terrific project”, which will meet a significant need for child care and infant care, providing 42 Early Head Start spaces for kids, serving “an unserved population we have been hearing about since 2001,” and creating 25 living wage jobs.