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

845 Commons provides several services to its tenants, including case management, referrals for medical and behavioral health treatment, employment training and placement, and life skills development. The Capital District YMCA collaborated on this project with several organizations including the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYSHCR), the New York State Office for Temporary Disability Assistance (NYSOTDA), 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 Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, and NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. In April 2016, it was the recipient of a Historic Preservation Award by The Preservation League of New York State. This project aided 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, please contact us at 518-374-9136

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