HELPING THE HOMELESS


30 Apr
30Apr

The Gateway Lofts in Jamestown, NY is an innovative and adaptive re-use project that will offer homeless families, children, and those struggling with substance abuse or mental health a place to receive supportive services -- but more importantly -- a place to call HOME. Studies show that offering safe, affordable housing FIRST is likely the most critical factor in helping those who struggle with poverty, homelessness, substance abuse and mental health issues find success in overcoming these barriers. The Gateway Lofts will not only offer a host of supportive services from the multiple partners involved in the project, but provides playground space, green space and the revitalization of a neighborhood and riverfront that had been previously been in disrepair. 

And it saves Jamestown tax payers money while investing an additional $36 million in various forms of federal housing tax credits and state funds in the city of Jamestown--money that had already been earmarked for low income housing and typically spent downstate--locally invested in our community instead. The model of permanent, supportive housing that exists at the Gateway Lofts reduces emergency visits, unnecessary jail time, and substandard temporary housing “band-aids” -- adding up to tax-payer savings and poverty reduction. 

The important benefits to all the stakeholders (the City, existing Gateway organizations, vulnerable families in our community) cannot be overstated. They include:

  • $85,000 in additional annual real estate taxes to the city

  • The project not only will prevent blight at the project site through revitalization of the Gateway Center, but will also fund the demolitions of numerous substandard dwelling units elsewhere in the city in cooperation with the Chautauqua County Land Bank and/or create a fund for rehabilitating existing housing. We are committed to working with the City of Jamestown Department of Development to create a reasonable and mutually beneficial housing mitigation plan.

  • $3 million in environmental clean up to the site and waterways, already accepted into the DEC Brownfield Clean Up program.  

  • Adaptive re-use of an existing building designated as a historic site

  • Improvement and beautification of the River Walk.

  • 56 units reserved for the homeless, including funding secured for support staff and case management.

  • A significant percentage of units reserved for youth aging out of the foster care system, those with a mental health diagnosis or substance use disorder - funding secured to provide support staff and services.

  • Elementary school aged children who live in the building will receive bus transportation to Fletcher Elementary School.

  • Significant greenspace (over 11,000 square feet) and enhanced playground amenities 

  • Proximity to medical care (the Chautauqua Center and UPMC)  and other services/programs (Boys & Girls Club)

  • QUALITY, affordable housing for families that need a stable foundation to find work, help their children do well in school and address other challenges and barriers

  • A $36 million project -- economic development in terms of jobs, other vendors and services utilized during construction. No city or county money used. This money will go somewhere in NYS (usually downstate), this would be an investment in WNY

  • The project will provide significant additional income annually to St. Susan’s to support its soup kitchen operations and expanded capacity, as well as funding to the YWCA to continue its supportive services and case management to families in need of housing.

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