A Binghamton program that provides addiction recovery and health services is getting millions of dollars from New York State to develop 54 units of permanent supportive housing for veterans and individuals with mental illness or substance use disorder.   

Governor Kathy Hochul on November 10 announced Helio Health was being awarded $4.9-million for the gut rehabilitation of a three-story building in Binghamton. 

Helio Health President and C.E.O., Jeremy Kiemanski says the funding is “critical” to bringing dozens of housing units to the larger project that consists of 108 units of affordable housing.  He says housing is an important part of the journey to wellness and economic opportunity. 

(Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
(Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The Syracuse-based Helio Health last May acquired the former Sheltered Workshop building on Court Street and some adjacent properties in Binghamton for $2.25-million with plans for a $57-million housing project. 

Hochul says $30.6-million in New York State funding is going to six housing projects in four counties all aimed at providing supportive housing to New Yorker who have experienced homelessness. 

The developments are supported by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program. 

Other projects sharing in the funding are HELP Development Corporation in Rochester ad Brooklyn, Communilife Incorporated in the Bronx, DePaul Properties in Rochester, Pathstone in the Town of Gates in Monroe County and United Veterans Beacon House in Suffolk County. 

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In all, the developments across New York State will create 251 apartments to serve senior citizens, domestic violence victims, veterans, chronically homeless families as well as individuals with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder.  The Beacon House funding in Suffolk County is for repairs to an emergency shelter and was the only existing emergency shelter to receive funding. 

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