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AIM will provide services at new housing complex

May 16, 2017



ELMIRA | CDS Housing, which is based in Webster, NY, received $11.87 million to construct a 50-unit affordable and integrated senior living community in the city of Elmira. This housing community will be open to income qualifying seniors age 55 and older, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and veterans.

“This funding will further allow us to not only provide needed housing for seniors and veterans, but it will also provide community housing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” CDS Life Transitions President/CEO Sankar Sewnauth said. “This integrated housing community is a place of inclusion where people of all abilities can live and pursue their dreams.”

The Elmira senior living community will be located at 910 Maple Avenue, Elmira, NY and will consist of 50 one-bedroom apartments, ten of which will be reserved for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This project has also received funding from the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). AIM Independent Living Center has partnered with CDS Housing on this project to provide support services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Medicaid Service Coordination, individualized person-centered planning and health education lectures and seminars, among others.

“This project is exactly what the disability community in our area needs,” AIM Independent Living Center Executive Director René Snyder said. “The lack of affordable, accessible housing is one of the most significant barriers to independent living, and this project will ensure that more seniors and individuals with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to live integrated lives in the community. And while this development will feature independent-living apartments, AIM will have an office on site to help residents with their service needs.

“Also, we’re excited to bring new development to the city of Elmira. This project will create a beautiful property that everyone in the area can be proud of.”

The Elmira senior housing development received $2 million in Housing Trust Funds and $865,000 in low- income credit from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. This project also received $1.2 million in capital funding from OPWDD and $75,000 from the CDS Wolf Foundation.

“I am very happy that CDS Housing has been awarded funding to build a 50-unit affordable housing complex on the McNaught Field property in the City of Elmira,” Elmira Mayor Dan Mandell said. “CDS Housing and AIM Independent Living Center are working together on the project, which will provide affordable and integrated supportive housing development that will serve seniors age 55+, as well as individuals with developmental disabilities, having income levels from 30%, 50% and 60% of the Area Median Income. This housing project will be a great asset to the City of Elmira and our community.”

Said state Sen. Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats): "I’m extremely pleased to have the opportunity to support this project.  Affordable, community-based housing for people with disabilities, senior citizens and veterans is a critical need throughout the Southern Tier region. We are grateful to CDS Housing and the AIM Independent Living Center for carrying out this project in Elmira.  This exciting new community will strengthen the overall quality of the city and serve as a life-changing development for many residents."

Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2017 and is expected to be completed in fall of 2018. Applications will be accepted beginning in spring 2018.

CDS Housing was also awarded funding in the amount of $19.5 million to construct a senior living community in Webster, NY where it currently has two senior living communities.

About CDS Housing

Celebrating 40 years under its parent company, CDS Life Transitions, CDS Housing provides quality, integrated housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, seniors and veterans. To learn more about CDS Housing please visit

About AIM

AIM Independent Living Center, more commonly known as AIM, is a nonprofit organization that serves people with disabilities in New York’s Southern Tier. Founded in 1979, AIM serves people of all ages, with any type of disability. AIM’s programs and services support an individual’s right to choice, independence and community integration.