- On March 22, 2017
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More families experiencing homelessness in Cayuga County will have a place to call home, thanks to 28 new housing units operated by the Auburn Rescue Mission and managed by the Auburn Housing Authority.
“No person should ever have to experience domestic violence, and no family should ever have to experience the crisis of homelessness and hunger. But when that happens, the community response should be to wrap our collective arms around them, love them, care for them, and help get them on to the road to recovery as quickly as possible,” said Rescue Mission Alliance Chief Executive Officer Alan Thornton at the March 21 ribbon cutting for the Merriman Circle neighborhood. “Merriman Circle symbolizes that community response and the love that we have and care that we will provide for some of the most vulnerable families in our community.”
Families are referred to the Auburn Rescue Mission supportive housing by Cayuga County’s Department of Health and Human Services and by the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency Domestic Violence Intervention Program.
Samuel Roberts, Commissioner of New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, which funded $6.4 million of the construction costs, cut the ribbon at the ceremony. “This is part of the Governor’s commitment to end homelessness in New York State,” he said.
Twenty of the new homes will be permanent supportive housing for families and women. Eight units serve as transitional housing where families stay as the Rescue Mission staff assists them in finding permanent housing in the community. The new development expands on a six-year partnership with the Auburn Housing Authority and its affiliate nonprofit, AHA Development Corp., which owns the units and leases them to the Rescue Mission.
Families will begin moving into the housing this week, and the community center will open in April. The community center, at 51 Merriman Street Extension, also houses the offices of the Auburn Rescue Mission, which provides case management and support to housing residents, including family and children’s activities, employment and education resources, spiritual care, access to technology, and connection to health care, schools and other community services.
The new neighborhood represents the spirit of the community, said City of Auburn Mayor Michael Quill at the ribbon cutting: “Our city is built on neighborhoods, working for each other, with each other and taking care of each other.”
The Auburn Rescue Mission still needs help to completely furnish and stock all 28 of these new family homes with essential items. Ongoing support is also needed to provide essential services to families, including employment and education resources, personalized case management, family and children’s activities, and to stock a pantry with food, diapers and personal care items. Click here to help open doors for homeless families.