Community Services for Every1 is excited to share that we received two recent awards from New York State to further our work developing affordable housing opportunities in our community.  The vacant, former Catholic school known as St. John Kanty will become Apartments at the Lyceum:  a 42 unit apartment building, including 12 units specifically designated for survivors of domestic violence ready to move into permanent housing. This project will address significant unmet needs for affordable and accessible housing in City of Buffalo, specifically in the Fillmore district.

Apartments at the Lyceum was awarded $2.5 Million in capital funding from the Homeless Housing Assistance Program (HHAP) and a conditional award from the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) to support tenants and provide on-site services at this location.

In Governor Hochul’s HHAP award announcement, Mindy Cervoni, our President and CEO said, “This award will address significant unmet needs for affordable and accessible housing in the City of Buffalo. Apartments at the historic St. John Kanty Lyceum will create Erie County’s first permanent supportive housing program explicitly developed for survivors of domestic violence, and will allow Community Services to assist them with any factors that contribute to their housing instability.

This need is especially prevalent for survivors of domestic violence as incidence rates have drastically risen since the onset of the pandemic. Governor Hochul’s continued support for these projects is addressing the issues of homelessness and domestic violence, while affecting positive and meaningful change in our communities.”

Kelly Kinderman, our Vice President of Program Support and Development said, “We are excited to bring this project to fruition with our talented development team.  Community Services for Every1 is extremely grateful for the funding from the State of New York. Community Services has a successful and long-standing commitment to increase the availability of safe, decent and affordable housing.  With Governor Hochul’s continued support we are able to continue our efforts in some of our most underserved neighborhoods.”