Albany Times Union

More aid for projects like Hillside Views

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Thanks to the Times Union for highlighti­ng the Hillside Views Neighborho­od Revitaliza­tion housing program in Troy (“Affordable units planned in Troy,” June 30), not only because it is replacing a local eyesore with desperatel­y needed, beautiful affordable/ supportive housing but also because it is being built steps away from the home of Darren Scott, a director with the state Division of Homes and Community Renewal. At the news conference, Scott said, “Yes, in my backyard.”

Not mentioned in the article, however, was the fact that this excellent developmen­t was made possible in part by $2.6 million in federal funding through the National Housing Trust Fund. That funding helped make the project possible, leveraging $15 million in private, state and local funding.

Advocates are calling for the National Housing Trust Fund to be exponentia­lly increased as part of the under-debate infrastruc­ture bill. The Supportive Housing Network of New York, along with over 1,000 state and national organizati­ons are calling for an investment of $45 billion in additional capital for the fund, making more projects like Hillside Views possible in Troy, New York state and throughout the country.

Laura Mascuch

Albany Executive director, Supportive Housing Network of New York

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