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Construction On New Onondaga County Affordable Housing Project Begins

Render of Monarch Commons
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Render of Monarch Commons

Construction of Monarch Commons in Cicero began Friday. This $15 million project will include 35 apartments for adults aged 55 or older and 15 apartments for homeless veterans or veterans at risk of homelessness.

"As we focus on helping New Yorkers recover from the pandemic, boosting affordable, sustainable, and supportive housing is one of our best strategies to fight homelessness and ensure that everyone has a roof over their head," Governor Hochul said. "Monarch Commons not only helps our most vulnerable residents in Onondaga County, including our veterans, it is a model for energy efficiency as we work to create a cleaner, greener future." 

For the fifteen apartments reserved for veterans, there will be access to on-site supportive services. These services are provided by Soldier On, a national organization specializing in supporting veterans.

Each apartment will have access to amenities like a lounge, community room, exercise room, and computer room. The building will also include office space and a separate meeting area for a support service provider.

Services and rental subsidies will be funded by the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative and administered by the New York State Office of Temporary and Development Assistance.

Additionally, this housing development follows the energy efficiency and green building standards required by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s New Construction – Housing Program (Tier 3) and pursues LEED certification.

The project is part of New York’s $20 billion, five-year housing plan to ensure housing accessibility and combat homelessness. Since 2011, New York State Homes and Community Renewal has invested $190 million in Onondaga Country, creating or preserving almost 2,800 affordable houses.