Work is underway on a $4.2 million housing complex on Binghamton's North Side.

Mayor Richard David said construction on the project on city-owned property at Liberty and Virgil streets began late last month.

The two-story building is being constructed in an effort to help homeless families and individuals. The 12,000-square-foot structure will have 19 units.

The project is an initiative of the Family Enrichment Network, which will provide on-site support services for residents, including financial literacy classes, legal advocacy and parenting education.

Most of the funding for the project is coming from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Homeless Housing Assistance Program. The city is providing $100,000 for the initiative.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has halted many construction jobs across the state, work is allowed on this project because the city has deemed it "essential" to provide housing for the homeless.

David said he expects the project will be completed by early fall.

Construction equipment at the site of a housing project on Liberty Street on April 20, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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