Housing

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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
Scott Willis/WAER News

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.


Scott Willis / WAER News

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. 

governor.ny.gov

Those who provide services and advocacy for Central New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS will be watching closely this week to see if the final state budget includes funding to increase affordable housing. Governor Cuomo has proposed the expansion of a successful rental assistance program in New York City to the rest of the state.

Chris Bolt/WAER News

  About two dozen people took to the streets of Syracuse Wednesday to try and make it easier to get in and out of their homes.  People with mobility issues and challenges can have a long wait for housing that meets their needs. 

FOCUSSyracuse.org

Focus Greater Syracuse is looking to the community for ideas on improving housing in order to keep aging baby boomers in the area.

“We need their money.  We’ve been talking for a long time in Central New York about keeping our younger population, which is a huge challenge.  We need to keep our older population, if for no other reason, selfishly, they are the wealthiest part of our population.  We need their money,” says Realtor Don Radke