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New York to add nearly 460 new homes for developmentally disabled adults

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 459 new certified housing locations will receive $58.9 million in funding through the 2017 state budget. (MGN Online graphic)

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - Nearly 460 new homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be developed with New York state funding.

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 459 new certified housing locations will receive $58.9 million in funding through the 2017 state budget. This will go primarily toward meeting the needs of those living at home with aging caregivers, or whose caregivers can no longer support their loved ones.

That includes 12 houses for 68 people in the Finger Lakes region. Able 2, ARC of Chemung, ARC of Livingston-Wyoming, CDS Monarch, Heritage Christian Services, Hillside FOA, Mary Cariola Children's Center, Ontario ARC, and People Inc. will all receive funding to help create at least one home.

The agencies were selected by a panel of regional office staff and stakeholders, including families, that reviewed and scored the proposals. After that process, the awards were given to the agencies.

The homes will be developed over the next few years as part of a multi-year strategy developed by the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

"By providing funding to these local organizations, men and women living with developmental disabilities will receive top-notch care in a supportive environment, while helping establish stronger communities across the state," Governor Cuomo said.

More than 37,000 New Yorkers currently live in OPWDD certified housing.

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