With two diocesan agencies providing assistance, new opportunities for affordable housing are available in the City of Elmira.
The LaFrance Apartments complex will be located at 416 Powell St. Groundbreaking took place in October 2019, and construction is due to be completed this fall. LaFrance will feature 37 one-bedroom apartments, providing affordable housing for 17 individuals or two-person families, as well as 20 apartments reserved for eligible residents under New York’s Empire State Homeless Housing Initiative and based upon referrals by Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler, an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities.
Applications for LaFrance Apartments are currently being accepted by Providence Housing Development Corp., a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the Diocese of Rochester. For application details, visit the Providence or Catholic Charities websites, or call Providence at 585-529-9555 or Catholic Charities at 607-734-9784.
The initial application period for LaFrance Apartments began May 15 and is due to run through July 13. Tenants will be selected on a random basis through a lottery to take place July 14. Income and occupancy requirements apply.
Mark Greisberger, executive director for Providence Housing, noted in a statement that LaFrance Apartments will especially benefit those who might otherwise struggle to find safe and affordable housing, such as people with disabilities, who are homeless or who are recovering from substance abuse.
Also as part of the LaFrance initiative, Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler will offer skills training and case-management services to eligible residents on-site to help build life skills, prepare them for job readiness, and aid with recovery. In addition, the complex is located within easy access to bus routes, shopping and such social services as Catholic Charities’ Samaritan Center food pantry located two blocks away.