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 $31 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. Plus, this incredible project is a partnership between Community Helping Hands, Southern Tier Environments for Living and YWCA, and has the support of Senator Cathy Young, State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, the Sherrif’s Department, County Executive George Borrello and Chautauqua County Health and Human Services officials who work with the homeless, as well as children and families every day.
The Gateway Lofts Projects takes a historic factory building (31 Water Street), creatively adapts and repurposes it, and gives “a hand up” by providing a home. It truly is the building of second chances, not only for the neighborhood itself but the individuals who call it a home. #gatewaylofts #ahandupandahome #jamestownstrong