Ronkonkoma, NY October 26, 2016 – Concern for Independent Living, a leading non-profit provider of supportive housing, held a Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening Ceremony today to celebrate the opening of Liberty Landing, a 59-unit supportive housing development for homeless veterans and families in need of affordable housing in Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County, Long Island.
“We have been very fortunate to have the support of Governor Cuomo and the three state agencies that helped make Liberty Landing a reality. Together with Suffolk County, NEF, Bank of America and The Community Preservation Corporation we have created housing that matches the pride that we have for the Veterans who have served our country,” said Ralph Fasano, Executive Director of Concern for Independent Living, Inc.
Located on the site of a former nursing home on Portion Road, Liberty Landing includes one- and two-bedroom apartments and an on-site community building with exercise room, computer room and community room. Funding for this project was provided by NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), Suffolk County, Bank of America, National Equity Fund, The Community Preservation Corporation, The Home Depot Foundation, Leviticus Fund, and Astoria Bank.
Congressman Lee Zeldin said, “Supporting our veterans must always be one of our highest priorities. These brave men and women, who willingly and selflessly put their lives on the line while defending our country, deserve nothing but the highest quality of life and care once they return home. This includes access to affordable housing, especially here on Long Island, where the cost of living is so high.”
“It is important to give our veterans a hand up in times of trouble,” said Assemblyman Al Graf. “These men and women who selflessly volunteered to protect the freedoms we hold dear, sometimes return with both physical and non-visible scars from their deployments. This project is a step in the right direction in honoring a commitment to our returning veterans.”
New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts said, “This is another example of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to providing opportunities to low-income families and veterans to whom we owe so much. We know that the housing and services the tenants receive as a result of projects like this will have a long-term, positive impact on their lives.”
“At National Equity Fund, we believe that extraordinary things happen when you have great partners and today’s grand opening for Liberty Landing demonstrates that to be true,” said Joe Hagan, president and CEO of NEF, the LIHTC syndicator for the project. “Working with Citi Community Development, as well as, Concern for Independent Living, Inc., veterans and low-income individuals and families will have a decent place to live and thrive in Lake Ronkonkoma.”
“DASNY is proud to have monitored every phase of construction on this project,” said Gerrard P. Bushell, President & CEO of DASNY. “We know It is not just what you build, but who you build it for, and this development provides our heroes a place worthy of being called their home “.
The development team that made this project possible includes Russo, Karl, Widmaier & Cordano and Nixon Peabody, the project’s attorneys; Jobco, Inc., the general contractor; DeLaCour, Ferrara & Church, the project architect; and Betts Housing Consultants.
Liberty Landing is one of several projects undertaken by Concern for Independent Living to address housing needs on Long Island. In 2014 Concern opened Liberty Village, a 60-unit supportive housing project for homeless veterans and their families in Amityville. Concern is currently in the construction phase of 123 units of supportive and affordable housing in Middle Island and is in the development stage of 96 units of supportive and affordable housing in Hempstead.