Three agencies in the region received conditional awards for supportive housing for the homeless and those with special needs, state Sen. Pam Helming announced.

Three agencies in the Wayne-Finger Lakes region have received a total of five conditional awards that will provide funding for supportive housing for the homeless and those with special needs. State Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua announced the awards that allow local agencies the chance to apply for state funding for their projects as part of the state’s plan to develop 6,000 units of supportive housing.

The Clifton Springs-based Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency (FLACRA) received a total of three awards, two for its operations in Ontario County and one for its operations in Wayne County. The Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy Inc. Happiness House, with centers in Geneva, Canandaigua, and Waterloo, and the Newark-based NYSARC Wayne County Chapter also received awards.

The awards allow the agencies to secure funding to finance the development and construction of new supportive housing projects. The agencies may use the awards to provide rental assistance as well as services such as employment and vocational training. Specific target populations include veterans, victims of domestic violence, frail or disabled senior citizens, and the homeless.

“FLACRA, Happiness House, and Wayne ARC all do an outstanding job helping their clients lead safe, healthy, fulfilling lives in our community,” stated Helming. “This opportunity to apply for state funding will allow them to take their programs to the next level by offering additional support services and supportive housing for the people they serve. These three agencies are to be commended for presenting terrific projects in their applications. I wish them much success in securing this money to expand their operations and serve more people in our community.”