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Mayor Palmieri and MHA Celebrate Ribbon Cutting – Humphrey Gardens

Mayor Palmieri and MHA Celebrate Ribbon
Cutting of New Affordable Housing Units
Humphrey Gardens Addition Offers
New Rental Homes & Resident Center


Utica, New York – Mayor Robert M. Palmieri of Utica and United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Albany Field Office Director Jaime E. Forero joined with Utica Municipal Housing Authority Interim Executive Director Robert Calli, MHA Board Chairperson David Williams, public officials, and community residents at a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion the Humphrey Gardens Expansion Project in Utica.

The Expansion Project involves the construction of two new buildings consisting of a total of 12 apartment units on the grounds of the existing Humphrey Gardens development in Utica.  Of the 12 new units, there are five 1 bedroom and seven 2 bedroom units.  Two are fully accessible.  In addition to the housing units, the project includes a site management office as well as a resident center and computer lab.   With the addition of the 12 units, the complex now has a total of 120 affordable housing units.

The total cost of the project was approximately $2 million.  Construction started in May 2014.  Funding for the project was provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Replacement Housing Factor Program as well as the Housing Authority’s program income fund.

The project addresses the increasing demand for quality, affordable housing for area residents.  About 2,000 households are on local waiting lists for affordable housing rental assistance.

The project builds upon the MHA and Mayor Robert Palmieri’s on-going affordable housing development initiatives that have invested over $40 million into the local economy by constructing 65 single-family homes and adding 109 new rental units.  It is part of our community’s efforts to make available new workforce and affordable housing to support community economic development efforts such as Nanotechnology.

The General Contractor for the project was Poncell Construction Company, Inc. and the Project Architect was Bonacci Architects, PLLC.  The Utica Municipal Housing Authority Modernization Department oversaw the development and construction of the project.

Humphrey Gardens offers affordable rents, energy efficient ranges and refrigerators, free off-street parking, gas heat, security services, resident service programs, and 24 hour emergency maintenance.  The development is within walking distance of bus lines, stores, medical services, senior and community centers, parks, and neighborhood schools. The construction of the new resident center and computer lab will offer after school tutoring programs, financial literacy and employment readiness classes, and access to computers.  Residents for the new units were selected through a lottery of the existing Humphrey Gardens residents.

“It was just a short year ago that we were here breaking ground. Humphrey Gardens is a great success for the City of Utica, the Utica Municipal Housing Authority and mostly for the residents living in these 12 units. The community space, proximity to key services and energy efficient design made this a fantastic project for HUD to support,” said Jaime Forero, Albany Field Office Director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“This is another exciting day and announcement for the City of Utica.” said Mayor Palmieri.   “I thank Bob Calli and the Utica Municipal Housing Authority for their partnership and HUD for their support in helping to increase quality, affordable housing options for our residents.  These projects not only address the demand for housing but invest tens of millions of dollars into our local economy.”

The Utica Municipal Housing Authority is the largest landlord in Utica and operates affordable housing units as well as a Housing Choice rental assistance program.  The mission of the MHA is to be a leader in the housing industry by providing decent, safe, and affordable housing opportunities to low income persons while promoting self-sufficiency, upward mobility, and customer satisfaction. The Housing Authority owns and operates 1,016 public housing and subsidized units and is the administrator of a Housing Choice rental assistance program.   The MHA offers a full range of resident services including youth, job training, financial literacy, senior services, case management, and life skills training.

The MHA is overseen by a seven member Board of Commissioners.  The Board Chairperson is David Williams.  The Interim MHA Executive Director is Robert Calli.

For more information on leasing apartment units, please visit the housing authority website at www.uticamha.org or call 735-5246.  The Utica Municipal Housing Authority is an Equal Housing Opportunity property manager.