In November 2013, we completed Phase I of our master plan.
This entailed the construction of 8 supportive housing units, a community center, garden and recreational area, on the historic 6-acre property known as Camp Shanks during World War II.
Phase I proved to be an enormous success. Lives were changed, hopes renewed and new futures written.
Phase II calls for the development of an additional 14 supportive housing units on the property by July of 2021. These new apartment-style units will include:
Each apartment is based on a universal design optimized for individuals with disabilities, including mobility, hearing and visual impairment. Each unit includes its own kitchen and bathroom and washer/dryer.
All apartments will be Energy Star efficient and use green building methods to reduce energy consumption. A laundry facility, mail room, and maintenance/storage area will also be constructed.
Phase III, the final phase of the project, aims to further improve the lives of our veteran residents through a new range of ideas and visions for the development of our property which are soon to be announced.
RH4H is appealing to all members of its service community – from businesses and families to public officials at all levels of government – for their contributions to the 2nd and 3rd Phases of the project.
The $2,000,000+ cost to develop RH4H’s first 8 units was covered primarily by Government Grants. In addition, people from all walks of life contributed their time, money and – in many cases – basic construction materials, to ensure the success of the project.
Our goal for Phase 2 and 3 is to raise $4.2 million over the next 3 years for the construction of 14 new supported housing units (approximately $350k per unit).
Moreover, RH4H has an immediate objective to raise $400,000 to cover pre-construction costs, including engineering studies, architectural fees and site preparation.
We are also aggressively seeking support through Federal Departments, particularly the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funding for the ongoing operation of the facility will continue to be provided in the form of veterans’ rental subsidies and individual educational and medical entitlement
We are striving very hard to add just 14 more Apartments to our current very successful 8 apartments to serve the Veterans served by the Veterans Administration Hudson Valley Care System which is headquartered in Montrose. We think having only 22 apartments on our 7 acres will maintain its park-like feeling.
The Supportive Apartments could legally serve any Honorably Discharged Veteran from any place in America.
At the last “Point In Time” search there were 56 very homeless Veterans who meet the federal legal criteria of homeless right now. Males constitute 94% and females 6% of the total. 11% are under 40 years old, 65% are between 41 & 65, 23 % are over 65 years old.
It is a fact that every very homeless Veteran was not found for many reasons and homeless in this case are not Veterans looking for more affordable housing or better housing. It’s about Veterans with no place to live for a host of compelling reasons.
The cost of constructing 14 more Apartments will be $4,000,000 which will most likely come from the New York State Homeless & Assistance Program, but we must raise and contribute about $500,000, which we are doing. We have already raised over $350,000 and we will continue to raise the needed balance.
We believe the government funding and start of construction will be determined by the State’s handling of the Pandemic in the next 12 months.