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845 Commons, located on Broadway in Schenectady, had it’s grand opening on January 16th, 2015 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Previously a long abandoned factory, it is now known as the largest single site supportive housing residence west of the Hudson. It houses 155 studio apartments available for men including veterans, disabled individuals, and those coping with a mental illness.

845 Commons provides several services to its tenants, some of which are case management, referals for medical and behavioral health treatment, employment training and placement, and life skills development. The Capital District YMCA collaborated on this project with other community organizations such as New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), the New York State Office for Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA), the State Historic Preservation Office, the City of Schenectady, the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority, and countless more.

This 8 year $26.5 million project was revered by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor of Schenectady Gary McCarthy, NYS Assembyman Jim Tedisco, NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, and many more community leaders. In April of 2016, this housing space was the recipient of a Historic Preservation Award by The Preservation League of New York State. This project also aided in the city of Schenectady in being recognized by President Obama as one of only three cities in the United States to effectively eliminate veteran homelessness.

The Capital District YMCA graciously thanks all partners involved in this highly successful project. For more information on this affordable housing, pleasecontact us at (518)-374-9136

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