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A nearly $1 million grant will help the City of Syracuse find innovative ways to address and transform blighted, vacant, or poorly maintained properties.  It’s part of the Cities for Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement, or Cities RISE program.  

Responsive to Our Community

Some veterans in Central New York are getting job training through a charitable organization that can help them transition out of the military. It’s called Responsive to Our Community, or ROC for short. Their mission is to employ and train veterans in construction or renovation of homes, and in turn provide housing to survivors of domestic violence.

Syracuse Seeks State Funds to Build 50 Houses to Fill Gaps in Neighborhoods

Jan 28, 2020
Aerial shot of Elmwood neighborhood in Syracuse, NY
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The City of Syracuse is forging ahead on one of mayor Ben Walsh’s State of the City initiatives to build 50 single family homes to fill gaps left by vacant and abandoned properties in the city. Common councilors have approved a $2 million state application for an Infill Housing Program, which the city will match with $1.75 million in federal housing funds. 

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Optimism. Confidence.  Windows of opportunity.  A city that is surging.  Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh expressed all of that in his State of the City address last night.   

But he also acknowledged there’s more work to be done.

Raquel Stephen

There’s a new housing option in Syracuse for people just released from prison.  The project is designed as part of a reentry program for residents, like Michael Hunter, who must readjust to life after incarceration. 

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More than one million dollars in federal HUD money is up for grabs in Central New York to provide subsidized housing for vulnerable populations.  About $460,000 is available for short term and permanent housing with case management and other services. 

Syracuse Aims to Reduce Evictions in Broad Plan to Address Housing Stability

Mar 27, 2019
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The City of Syracuse is ready to put a number of programs in place to tackle the significant housing stability problem.  One in four households in the city moves every year, mainly due to evictions.

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About a dozen people marched around the state office building today calling on the governor and lawmakers to properly fund housing programs for those with mental illness.  They’ve been holding these weekly marches for the past month as part of a statewide “bring it home” campaign. 

Increasingly public schools have to do far more for children than teach reading, math and other subjects.  They’ve become the first line of defense against poverty for the school kids and their families.  Services from nutrition and health, to housing, child care and mental health have become necessities for schools to handle – if they want the students to be in school and prepared to learn. 

WAER’s Chris Bolt spent some time in Franklin Elementary School and found out school social workers are an indispensable link between poverty and school success.

Unpredictable life circumstances sometimes force people to seek shelter and special help.  Salvation Army specialized housing programs here in Syracuse are serving people who become homeless in our community and provide them an opportunity for a fresh start. 

City Limits' John Smith has the very personal stories of two women thrust into homelessness by bad circumstances … but found assistance to aid them as they work towards a brighter future.