Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Honors New Justice Housing Initiative in Syracuse

Mixed-Income Development Serves Low-Income and Justice-Involved Residents

 Syracuse, NY – The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) and the Syracuse Housing Authority held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, November 14, 10:30 a.m. 450 Burt Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 to honor the successful opening and operation of Freedom Commons, a multi-phase housing initiative which includes emergency, transitional, affordable, and permanent supportive housing. It is the country’s first replication of The Fortune Society’s innovative New York City housing model, called the Castle and Castle Gardens. For more click on the following link Freedom Commons Rental Information

Guests included; Kathleen C. Hochul, Lieutenant Governor of New York; NYS Senate 53rd District Rachel May;  NYS Assembly Member 128th District Pamela J. Hunter; Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh; Stephen D. Fournier, CNY Market President KeyBank; David Condliffe Executive Director, Center for Community Alternatives and William Simmons, Executive Director, Syracuse Housing Authority.

The 54-unit property consists of 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms units, 6 of which are fully accessible and adapted for individuals with mobility impairments and 3 of which are adapted for individuals with hearing or vision impairments. Being developed with Norstar Development USA, Freedom Commons received funding from New York State Housing Trust Fund, OTDA Homeless Housing Assistance Programs (HHAP), KeyBank, and Key Community Development Corporation (KCDC) LIHC Equity, and NYSERDA Incentives.

The project will predominately be affordable housing for those with incomes at or below 50% of Area Median Income (AMI). Approximately 11 of the units will be permanent supportive housing reserved for formerly homeless individuals and/or families who have had some involvement with the justice system and whose income is at or below 30% of AMI.


Income Limits:    50% of the AMI (Area Median Income)

To qualify for admission, applicants for the unsubsidized units must fall within the unit’s income limit of 50% of the AMI (Area Median Income).  The current area median income for Syracuse New York is $79,500.  Area Median Income is calculated by HUD each year and varies by locality.  In addition, Freedom Commons accepts Section 8 voucher tenants.

The three-story building contains 54 affordable apartments. 43 units are designated for residents with incomes at or below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). 11 units are designated for residents with incomes at or below 30% of the AMI who were homeless and who also have previously experienced criminal justice involvement. The 11 units are fully furnished, and residents are involved with onsite case management provided by CCA.

A separate wing of Freedom Commons is home to Freedom Commons Academy, which provides safe, temporary housing for those returning home from incarceration. The Academy, managed by CCA, requires residents to commit to engage in services in an environment that fosters understanding with accountability to learn skills critical for successful long-term reentry, employment retention, education advancement, maintaining healthy relationships, and moving to the next step of permanent housing.

The Center for Community Alternatives is a leader in community-based alternatives to incarceration and promotes reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services, and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights.

The Syracuse Housing Authority’s mission is to provide quality, safe, and affordable housing, to create opportunities for residents’ self-sufficiency and economic independence, and to empower individual potential in an environment where people want to live, work, and build communities.