New York State has completed a housing project designed to help homeless people in Rochester. Governor Kathy Hochul announced the completion today, Wednesday, September 29, 2022. Open Door Mission's $6.8 million Miller Building features 24 units of permanent housing for formerly homeless New Yorkers. The apartments will house people with mental illnesses and those struggling with substance abuse, along with youth ages 18 to 25. The project was mainly funded by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program.
Governor Hochul said,
These new apartments will provide not just a safe and affordable place to live, but also the supportive services needed to thrive. Supportive housing like the Miller Building in Rochester is a critical component of my administration's commitment to building inclusive communities that help ensure all New Yorkers have a safe, affordable place to call home, and we will continue to invest in supportive housing as a fundamental part of our efforts to address homelessness across the state.
Gov. Hochul's 2023 Fiscal Year State Budget includes a $25 billion, five-year, comprehensive housing plan. The goal is to increase the housing supply across New York. The Open Door Mission Miller Building was previously vacant. The completely renovated building now features 13 studio and 11 one-bedroom apartments. In addition to housing, residents will have access to on-site support services including case management, job search assistance and skill training, and financial management.