News Release

Opportunities for Otsego Awarded Historic HUD Funding

Opportunities for Otsego Awarded Historic HUD Funding

02.02.2023 - Oneonta, New York

Today, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Region II Regional Administrator Alicka Ampry-Samuel traveled to Oneonta, New York, to announce $1,162,978 to two local homeless housing and services organizations. The national award total is nearly $315 million in grants to 46 communities.

In New York, HUD awarded a total of $2,042,59.  The Binghamton, Union Town/Broome, Otsego, Chenango, Delaware, Cortland, and Tioga Counties Continuum of Care received $716,456 for Opportunities for Otsego in Otsego County and $446,522 for Catholic Charities of Chenango County. The New York Balance of State Continuum of Care received $879,621.

“Rural communities need HUD’s support, and these funds, specifically for Otsego and Chenango Counties, will go a long way to ease homelessness locally,” said Alicka Ampry-Samuel, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “This funding will provide housing and services to homeless New Yorkers, ushering needed stability so they can move forward."

“On behalf of the Southern Tier Homeless Coalition NY-511 Continuum of Care and Opportunities for Otsego, I am incredibly thankful for this funding award from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Access to safe and affordable housing should be a basic human right, and with this major funding from HUD, we will now have the necessary resources to combat rural homelessness,” said William Rivera, OFO Crisis Intervention Director and President of Southern Tier Homeless Coalition.

“Homelessness is a crisis, and it is solvable. Housing with supportive services solves homelessness. That’s why, for the first time the federal government is deploying targeted resources to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness in unsheltered settings or in rural areas,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “With these grants and vouchers, HUD is filling this gap and giving communities the resources and tools to improve housing and health outcomes for people on the streets, in encampments, under bridges, and in rural areas.”


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