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OPWDD’s Multi-Family Integrated Supportive Housing Program

04/26/17

Increasing the number of housing options enables more people to live in community integrated settings.  This is not only one of our agency’s transformation goals, it’s a top priority.

Because of our partnership with the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (HCR), we’ve been able to create a Multi-Family Integrated Supportive Housing Program (ISH) that is furthering this goal. How does it work?  HCR provides capital support and rental assistance to finance units in affordable, multi-family housing projects that give tenant preference to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In the meantime, interested OPWDD providers team up with a developer of affordable multi-family housing that is interested in making units available to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The provider then applies to OPWDD through a process that includes a request for capital financing, rent subsidies, and/or service funding, prior to the application being made by the developer to HCR for the overall project.    

Eligible projects give tenant preference to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities for up to 25% of the total units in the apartment building for at least a 30-year regulatory period.  OPWDD can provide capital financing for part of the total project costs for the tenant preference units as well as rental assistance and supports service funding for individuals renting these units.  All of the units are fully adaptable and accessible.  What’s more, projects are built in areas close to public transportation, shopping, employment, and other community necessities.

Since 2012, OPWDD has been actively seeking to increase provider agency and stakeholder interest in the ISH program.  It is a cost-efficient, community-based method of providing residential services that increases both independence and quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.   

Projects are typically funded through a larger funding package underwritten by other governmental agencies such as New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (HCR), New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA), or New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD). See the list of projects that have been funded through the program. 

In the Spring of 2017, OPWDD joined the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI), a program that provides operating support to multi-family housing projects that serve people who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.  

For more information on the ISH Program or ESSHI and/or to request an application please contact:

Patricia Downes: [email protected]  
Alexander Brooks: [email protected]