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NYS Grant Benefits Two White Plains Service Organizations

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- My Sisters Place and Grace Church Community Center of White Plains will each receive part of a $19.6 million New York State grant to fund five homeless housing projects across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

The five projects, funded by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance through its Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP), create 163 housing units with 258 beds for formerly homeless individuals and families.

HHAP, which provides funding to develop housing for special needs populations, also awarded grants to Opportunities for Broome in Broome County ($3,482479), Housing Visions Unlimited in Onondaga County ($3,500,000) and Concern for Indpendent Living in Suffolk County ($4,481,621).

My Sisters Place, a women's shelter, will receive $2,389,619 and Grace Church Community Center, a 501(c)3 that serves the underserved, will receive $5,771,101.

"This is good news," Donna Greene, deputy communications director for Westchester County, said. "These agencies are excellent, and we are very pleased to hear they got funds to fill a need and provide these important services."

These five sites will assist survivors of domestic violence, veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, the disabled and those with mental illness or chemical dependency.

"All New Yorkers should have access to safe, stable and adequate housing," Cuomo said in a statement. "These new housing units will help break the cycle of chronic homelessness and allow individuals and families here in New York build a foundation for a better future."

HHAP provides capital grants and loans to not-for-profit corporations, charitable and religious organizations, municipalities and public corporations to acquire, construct, or rehabilitate housing for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and are unable to secure adequate housing without special assistance. HHAP has been utilized successfully by community organizations to develop more than 14,000 housing units in New York State.

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