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NYS Announces Opening of Supportive and Emergency Housing Complex in Rochester Friday, November 12, 2021

Supportive Services Available to Residents with Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders and Those Recently Leaving Incarceration

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance today announced the completion of the Joseph Avenue Apartments and Francis Center project in Rochester which rehabilitated an existing emergency shelter and created nine new permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless individuals. The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program provided more than $4 million to complete the $4.1 million project.

“We are proud to partner with the Catholic Family Center to refurbish a 40-bed emergency shelter while adding nine new apartments with supportive services,” Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Executive Deputy Commissioner Barbara C. Guinn said. “Under Governor Hochul’s leadership, New York continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing housing options that are essential in addressing homelessness.”

The Catholic Family Center, which sponsored the project, is a leader in providing emergency and permanent supportive housing in Rochester. The reconstructed Francis Center shelter for adult men experiencing homelessness will provide 40 emergency beds.

The building also houses the nine new permanent supportive housing units that will serve individuals re-entering the community following incarceration, as well as those with serious mental illness or substance use disorder. Support services provided include case management, preventive medical services, and support system building.

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