Bethesda House breaks ground on $8.5 million supportive housing project

Bethesda House
Bethesda House

SCHENECTADY — Bethesda House on Tuesday broke ground on an $8.5 million housing project that will bring more than three dozen units of supportive and emergency housing to State Street. 

The Cara House project will bring 26 units of permanent supportive housing and 11 units with 16 beds of emergency housing for individuals experiencing homelessness as well as formerly incarcerated individuals seeking to re-enter the community. 

Bethesda House, which has been working to provide services for poor and homeless populations in Schenectady for 30 years, will operate the facility at 917 State St., just up the road from its headquarters. 

The new project is in line with Gov. Kathy Hochul’s plans to bring 100,000 affordable homes, including 10,000 units with supportive services for vulnerable populations, to the state over the next five years. 

“New York’s housing plan to create affordable housing will go a long way toward serving our homeless and severely at-risk populations in Schenectady and surrounding areas,” Kimarie Sheppard, executive director of Bethesda House, said in a statement. “We are thankful for Governor Hochul’s leadership, vision and financial support.”

The project received $6.4 million in funding from the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing and Assistance program. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided an additional $33,000 through its New Construction Housing Program and an additional $1 million was received through the Federal Home Loan Bank.  

Schenectady County provided an additional $200,000 for the project and the city transferred ownership of the land to Bethesda House. 

The project also received thousands in private support, including donations from the Wright Family Foundation, Golub Foundation, Schenectady Foundation, Carlilian Foundation and the Arnold Cogswell Health Care Fund.  

“This new facility will be built on a previously vacant city-owned lot to expand critical care, and safe, secure housing for our most vulnerable residents,” Mayor Gary McCarthy said in a statement. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to support this project and share Bethesda House’s call to create a healthier, safer, and thriving community.”

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.  

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