New York state continues to expand efforts to provide affordable housing opportunities for Veterans across the state, this time with more than a dozen apartments, with supportive services, in Rockland County.

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Governor Hochul Announces Opening of Homes for Heroes Apartments, Rockland County

Rockland County is now home to a 14-unit apartment development that has supportive services for veterans. Thanks to the $5.4 million Homes for Heroes Veterans Apartment Project, this community specifically supports veterans from Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Westchester counties who have experienced homelessness.

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The development is located on the former Camp Shanks military station in Orangetown, which was the largest embarkation camp utilized by the U.S. Army during World War II. The land was deeded by the federal government for the project.

Thanks to a partnership with Rockland Homes for Heroes, the site hosts 14 new apartments, which now supplement the eight supportive housing units on the property that were previously constructed by the same nonprofit.

Homelessness and housing insecurity require a holistic approach that connects vulnerable New Yorkers to housing, but also to the services which help ensure they can establish stable lives in their communities. We have an obligation to provide essential services to our veterans who have done so much to keep our nation safe and advance the cause of freedom across the globe.

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Hochul's Comprehensive Housing Plan

Governor Hochul's Comprehensive Housing Plan, with a $25 billion price tag, aims to build or preserve 100,000 affordable homes across the state. In addition, New York State has committed this funding to Homes for Heroes Veterans specifically, in order for veterans to access safe, sustainable and accessible housing in the state.

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Other contributions and support for the project include funding from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing and Assistance program, New York State Homes and Community Renewal Housing Trust Fund, NYSERDA, and from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance through their Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative.

The support services that will be available to veterans include case management, job readiness training, healthcare, and service coordination inclusive of tenant and veteran treatment providers thanks to Loeb House and various other community organizations and partners. 

The Hudson Valley National Center for Veteran Reintegration

The Hudson Valley National Center for Veteran Reintegration has a new home in Saugerties. Please take a quick photo tour of the building that they will be using for activities and to build Kayaks. The new building is at 24 Twin Maples Plaza in Saugerties, New York. It is the former Nelsen Supply Company that closed its doors in March 2019.

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