Holy Family Senior Apartments in Buffalo, New York recently celebrated its groundbreaking marking the start of its conversion from a former Catholic elementary school. The three-story building will be rehabilitated and transformed into 35 affordable, energy-efficient apartments and is being sponsored by the Diocese of Buffalo and developed by Delta Development of WNY, Inc. and Living Communities LLC. The apartments will be targeted towards 24 households with incomes at or below 50% of the area median income and 11 households with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income and six units will be designated to serve the frail elderly. The South Buffalo Food Pantry, operated by Catholic Charities of Buffalo, will be housed at the complex and will provide support services to residents. Funding for the project is provided in part by $4.9 million in equity derived from the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program administered through the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), $2.1 million through the NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation, and $200,000 from the DHCR’s Urban Initiatives Program.
"It takes a variety of resources and strong partnerships to create and preserve affordable housing, and several of the state’s programs were called upon to help finance Holy Family Senior Apartments. Now, with the recent integration of New York’s main housing agencies, all of the State’s programs will join under one roof and make it easier and more efficient to continue to address housing and community revitalization needs across the state. I commend the Diocese of Buffalo, Delta Development and Living Communities for their efforts to preserve local history and create a safe, quality place for seniors to call home. And I thank CPC, the city of Buffalo, and all the partners who helped make this development possible, " said Brian Lawlor, commissioner of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal and president/CEO of nyhomes.
Apartments will meet the requirements of DHCR’s Green Building Initiative and Christa Construction will serve as general contractor, Silvestri Architects as architect, and Delta Development of WNY, Inc. as management agent.