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Victims Assistance Center receives $800,000 in state funding

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The Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County Inc. received $800,000 in new state funding in an initiative to aid supportive housing projects around the state.

The center was one of seven groups that received the funding, announced Friday.

“Supportive housing is essential to breaking the cycle of homelessness for New York’s most vulnerable individuals and families,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement. “Increasing the supply of supportive housing units not only provides vital assistance to New Yorkers in need, but also improves the efficiency of Medicaid by reducing emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and lengths of stay in long-term care facilities.”

According to the governor’s news release, the seven projects will provide a total of 489 units of housing for homeless individuals and families. They will be administered through the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program.

“These much-needed projects will provide affordable housing to vulnerable New Yorkers, including those with mental illness, those living with HIV/AIDS, victims of domestic violence, and young adults,” said Kristin M. Proud, the office’s commissioner. “New York state, under Governor Cuomo, has made a strong commitment to supportive housing that is demonstrated not only by the funding being made available, but increased collaboration that cuts across all state agencies.”

The press release also said that in the past two years, the state has committed to investing $161 million in supportive housing as part of the Medicaid Redesign Team’s efforts to help rein in costly Medicaid expenditures while more effectively managing the chronic conditions of more than 4,000 high-need New Yorkers.

Other counties receiving the funding are Albany, Bronx, Kings, Monroe and Westchester.

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