MHA, REFUGEE CENTER, AND CITY OF UTICA LAUNCH FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN See the full story here:

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION LAUNCHES FIRE

PREVENTION OUTREACH CAMPAIGN TARGETED TO REFUGEES

 The Utica Municipal Housing Authority, the Utica Fire Department, and the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees announced today that they will be launching a media and community outreach campaign in various languages to educate local residents about fire prevention.  Targeted to multi-lingual immigrant and refugee populations the campaign includes videos, print materials, and social media.

The agencies will post on their websites fire prevention educational materials and videos developed through the program.  Media and community outreach will also be conducted to reach new audiences through social media, radio and TV talk shows, and language broadcasts.  Materials will also be posted at community locations such as stores, houses of workshop, and agencies regarding fire safety education.  The program will disseminate educational materials developed through the program on a national basis to fire departments and community agencies.

The campaign is one component of the Community Fire Safety Education Project (CFSEP), a collaboration among the Utica Municipal Housing Authority (MHA), Utica Fire Department (UFD), and the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR).  The Project aims to reduce injury and deaths caused by fire among fire fighters, low-income public housing residents, multi- lingual refugee and immigrant populations, and persons with physical disabilities.

Please check the link below to view the videos produced by the Community Fire Safety Education Project:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxrObJwXLK8qfmYyU2RqbVFaR2JqUEVjdE54azVLWWlWd2RDU0dkUEVWbUFxdUVPOW9SdE0&usp=sharing

Here is the link for the flyers produced by the project:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxrObJwXLK8qbUo2SWxoNERackU/view?usp=sharing

In 2014, the Utica Municipal Housing Authority received funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the amount of $363,672 to prevent fires through language specific and culturally appropriate fire education programming, installation of smart burner cooking systems within MHA units, and home education visits and smoke alarm inspections/installations throughout MHA developments.  The SmartBurner cooking system is a new product engineered to help prevent stovetop cooking fires before they can start. Unlike other products that alert occupants after a fire has started or try to suppress an existing fire, the SmartBurner helps prevent the fire from occurring in the first place through a special temperature controlled cooking system.

The American Red Cross Mohawk Valley Chapter will be joining with the MHA, UFD, and MVRCR to implement the outreach campaign.   The Red Cross will be installing free smoke alarms and providing disaster preparedness education through their Home Fire Prevention Campaign, Pillowcase Project for Children, and Citizen’s Preparedness Corps trainings.

To date, the program has installed SmartBurners in 471 public housing units.   Multiple language fire safety materials developed include:  30 fire safety videos including a puppet video for children, 92 flyers including print and audio versions, and 7 PowerPoint presentations.  The program recruited and trained eight refugee fire prevention peer educators from various language groups.  Cultural competency trainings have been held for 133 housing authority and Utica Fire Department staff.   The program held 11 multi- lingual community outreach education sessions on fire prevention as well as resident meetings   which reached over 300 public housing residents.  An additional 13 multi-lingual community based educational sessions targeted toward immigrants and refugees reached 261 people.  The World Refugee Day event was attended by several hundred people, multi-lingual fire safety materials were distributed, and families actively participated in Oneida County’s Smoke House experience.   Fire Department and MHA staff, accompanied by interpreters from the Refugee Center, are currently making home visits to public housing units to educate residents about fire prevention, identify any potential safety issues, and teach residents in the use of the smart burners.    MHA AmeriCorps members have assisted with community education activities and fire prevention inspections.

Mayor Robert M. Palmieri stated:   “The Fire Prevention Campaign is another example of how we are striving to make our community more inclusive and welcoming to all our newest residents.  I commend the Utica Municipal Housing Authority, the Utica Fire Department and the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees for their continued partnership.  With the goal to reduce the number of fire related injury and death, this campaign will certainly enhance safety and quality of life for our refugee and immigrant population.”

“The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees is happy to be doing this important work on fire safety with the Utica Municipal Housing Authority and Utica Fire Department.  Partnerships like these make Utica the welcoming destination that it is and this Community Fire Safety Education Project (CFSEP) illustrates how together we build community with many cultures,” said Shelly Callahan, Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees.

The program was developed in response to the greater risk of fire in low-income neighborhoods which have a high concentration of refugees and Limited English Proficient individuals.  Since 1981, the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees has resettled nearly 15,000 immigrants to Utica.  Foreign born residents constitute 14.78% of the city’s total population. Oneida County is one of the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the United States, resulting in Utica having a refugee population of nearly 15%.  A language other than English is spoken in 23.4% of households in Utica. The Utica City School District educates students speaking more than 40 languages.

For further information, please contact John Furman at (315) 735-3362, ext. 34 or jfurman@uticamha.org.  Information on the program can be found at www.uticamha.org, https://www.mvrcr.org, and http://www.cityofutica.com.

News Release COMMUNITY COLLABORATION LAUNCHES FIRE PREVENTION OUTREACH CAMPAIGN TARGETED TO REFUGEES

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: John Furman, 315-982-3731 Interviews and additional photos are available. Photo attached of news conference.   Please see caption below.

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION LAUNCHES FIRE PREVENTION OUTREACH CAMPAIGN TARGETED TO REFUGEES

Utica, NY -    The Utica Municipal Housing Authority, the Utica Fire Department, and the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees announced today that they will be launching a media and community outreach campaign in various languages to educate local residents about fire prevention.  Targeted to multi-lingual immigrant and refugee populations  the campaign includes  videos, print materials, and social media.

The agencies will post on their websites fire prevention educational materials and videos developed through the program.  Media and community outreach will also be conducted to reach new audiences through social media, radio and TV talk shows, and language broadcasts.  Materials will also be posted at community locations such as stores, houses of workshop, and agencies regarding fire safety education.  The program will disseminate educational materials developed through the program on a national basis to fire departments and community agencies.

The campaign is one component of the Community Fire Safety Education Project (CFSEP), a collaboration among the Utica Municipal Housing Authority (MHA), Utica Fire Department (UFD), and the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR).  The Project aims to reduce injury and deaths caused by fire among fire fighters, low-income public housing residents, multi- lingual refugee and immigrant populations, and persons with physical disabilities.

In 2014, the Utica Municipal Housing Authority received funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the amount of $363,672 to prevent fires through language specific and culturally appropriate fire education programming, installation of the SmartBurner cooking systems within MHA units, and home education visits and smoke alarm inspections/installations throughout MHA developments.  The SmartBurner cooking system is a new product engineered to help prevent stovetop cooking fires before they can start. Unlike other products that alert occupants after a fire has started or try to suppress an existing fire, the SmartBurner helps prevent the fire from occurring in the first place through a special temperature controlled cooking system.

The American Red Cross Mohawk Valley Chapter will be joining with the MHA, UFD, and MVRCR to implement the outreach campaign.   The Red Cross will be installing free smoke alarms and providing disaster preparedness education through their Home Fire Prevention Campaign, Pillowcase Project for Children, and Citizen’s Preparedness Corps trainings.

To date, the program has installed SmartBurners in 471 public housing units.   Multiple language fire safety materials developed include:  30 fire safety videos including a puppet video for children, 92 flyers including print and audio versions, and 7 PowerPoint presentations.  The program recruited and trained eight refugee fire prevention peer educators from various language groups.  Cultural competency trainings have been held for 133 housing authority and Utica Fire Department staff.   The program held 11 multi- lingual community outreach education sessions on fire prevention as well as resident meetings   which reached over 300 public housing residents.  An additional 13 multi-lingual community based educational sessions targeted toward immigrants and refugees reached 261 people.  The World Refugee Day event was attended by several hundred people, multi-lingual fire safety materials were distributed, and families actively participated in Oneida County’s Smoke House experience.   Fire Department and MHA staff, accompanied by interpreters from the Refugee Center, are currently making home visits to public housing units to educate residents about fire prevention, identify any potential safety issues, and teach residents in the use of the smart burners.    MHA AmeriCorps members have assisted with community education activities and fire prevention inspections.

Mayor Robert M. Palmieri stated:   “The Fire Prevention Campaign is another example of how we are striving to make our community more inclusive and welcoming to all our newest residents.  I commend the Utica Municipal Housing Authority, the Utica Fire Department and the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees for their continued partnership.  With the goal to reduce the number of fire related injury and death, this campaign will certainly enhance safety and quality of life for our refugee and immigrant population.”

“The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees is happy to be doing this important work on fire safety with the Utica Municipal Housing Authority and Utica Fire Department.  Partnerships like these make Utica the welcoming destination that it is and this Community Fire Safety Education Project (CFSEP) illustrates how together we build community with many cultures,” said Shelly Callahan, Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees.

The program was developed in response to the greater risk of fire in low-income neighborhoods which have a high concentration of refugees and Limited English Proficient individuals.  Since 1981, the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees has resettled nearly 15,000 immigrants to Utica.  Foreign born residents constitute 14.78% of the city’s total population. Oneida County is one of the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the United States, resulting in Utica having a refugee population of nearly 15%.  A language other than English is spoken in 23.4% of households in Utica. The Utica City School District educates students speaking more than 40 languages.

For further information, please contact John Furman at (315) 735-3362, ext. 34 or jfurman@uticamha.org.  Information on the program can be found at www.uticamha.org, https://www.mvrcr.org, and http://www.cityofutica.com.

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Officials launch fire prevention outreach campaign

A news conference was held at Utica City Hall on Tuesday to begin a fire prevention outreach campaign targeted to refugees and Limited English proficient persons.  Pictured from left to right are: Robert Calli, Interim Executive Director, Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Utica, New York; Joseph DeFina, Chairperson, Board of Directors, American Red Cross Mohawk Valley Chapter; Mallory Brown, Executive Director, American Red Cross Mohawk Valley Chapter; Utica Mayor Robert M. Palmieri;  Shelly Callahan, Executive Director, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees;  Russell Brooks, Utica Fire Chief; John Furman, Director of Grants and Programs, Municipal Housing Authority.

Community Resource Department July 2015 Calendar

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Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

      18am-9am- Breakfast- Vega Center

 

8:30am-9:30-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

9:30am- Network Meeting-Parkway Center

 

9:30-12-MVCA SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:30- GV Community Room- Board Games/Crafts

 

9:45am-11:30- HG Community Room Arts & Crafts

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-Gillmore

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program-Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

28am-9am- Breakfast- Vega Center

 

8:30am-9:30am-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

9:00am- AmeriCorps Team Meeting @ Gillmore

 

9:30-12-MVCA  SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:30- GV & HG-Community Room- Lego Team Building

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program-Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-Gillmore

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

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5  68:00am-9am- Vega- Breakfast

 

8:30am-9:30-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

9:30-12-MVCA  SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:30- HG -Community Room Arts & Crafts

 

9:45am-11:30- GV Community Room- Cooking with Kids

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program- GV

 

2PM- Summer Reading Program Starts-GV & HG

78:00am-9am- Vega- Breakfast

 

8:30am-9:30-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

10am- Financial Literacy- Gillmore Village Lab

 

9:30-12-MVCA  SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

 

9:45am-11:30– GV & HG Community Room- Lego Team Building

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-Gillmore

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program-Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

1:30-2:30-Vega-Girl Scout Sampler Series

 

5:00pm- Bible Study, Vega Center

88:00am-9am- Vega- Breakfast

 

8:30-9:30am-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

9:00am- MHA Youth Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest- Adrean Terrace

 

9:30am- MHA Youth Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest- Gillmore Village & Humphrey Gardens

 

9:30-12-MVCA SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:30- GV Community Room & HG Community Room Arts & Crafts- Board Games

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-Gillmore

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program-Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

5:00pm- Gillmore Village Resident Association- Gillmore Village  Lab

98:00am-9am- Vega- Breakfast

 

8:30-9:30am-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

9:00-11am- Circles Training- Neighborhood Ctr.- AmeriCorps

 

9:30-12-MVCA  SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:30- GV & HG Community Room- Lego Team Building

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

1pm- AmeriCorps-Family Friends- GV/HG

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-Gillmore

 

10am-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm-City of Utica Junior Olympics

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

108-9am- Vega- Breakfast (MHA Employees)

 

9:00am- AmeriCorps Team Meeting @ GV Lab Admissions Training/Information Process

 

9am-2pm- MVCA -DAY TRIP

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

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12  138am-9am- Vega- Breakfast

 

8:30am-9:30-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

9:00am- EOC/On Point for College Training

 

9:30-12-MVCI  SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:00- HG Community Room Arts & Crafts

 

9:45am-11:30- GV Community Room- Cooking with Kids

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-GV

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

148am-9am- Vega- Breakfast

8:30am-9:30-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

10am- Financial Literacy- Gillmore Village

 

9:30-12-MVCA SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:30- GV & HG-Community Room- Lego Team

 

112:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-GV

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

 

1:30-2:30-Vega-Girl Scout Sampler Series

 

5:00pm- Bible Study, Vega Center

 

6:30pm- MHA Night @ Utica Brewers!!

158am-9am- Vega- Breakfast

 

8:30am-9:30-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

8:45am-Tenants In Need Meeting- PTT

 

9:30-12pm-MVCA  SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:30- GV & HG-Community Room- Board Games/Crafts

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-Gillmore

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

 

4pm-6:00pm- Senior Picnic – PT Towers

168am-9am Vega- Breakfast

 

8:30am-9:30am-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

9:00-11am- Circles Training- Neighborhood Ctr.

 

9:30-12-MVCA  SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

10:00am- Youth Art Contest- Munson-Williams-Proctor Inst.

 

9:45am-11:30- GV & HG Community Room- Lego Team Building

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-Gillmore

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

178-9am- Vega- Breakfast (MHA Employees)

 

9:00am- AmeriCorps Team Meeting @ GV

 

9am-2pm- MVCA-DAY TRIP

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

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19  208-9am- Vega- Breakfast

 

8:30-9:30-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

9:30-12-MVCI  SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:00- HG Community Room Arts & Crafts

 

9:45am-11:30- GV Community Room- Cooking with Kids

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-GV

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

 

2pm- Gillmore Village Orientation

218-9am- Vega- Breakfast

8:30-9:30-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

10am- SNAP ED- Gillmore Village Lab

 

9:30-12-MVCI  SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:30- GV & HG-Community Room- Lego Team

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-GV

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

1:30-2:30-Vega-Girl Scout Sampler Series

 

5:00pm- Bible Study, Vega Center

228-9am- Vega- Breakfast

 

8:30-9:30-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

9:30-12-MVCA SUMMER CAMP-  & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:30- GV & HG Community Room- Board Games/Crafts

 

9:45am-11:00- HG Community Room Arts & Crafts

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-Gillmore

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

 

238-9am- Vega- Breakfast

8:30-9:30-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

9:30-12-MVCA  SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:30- GV & HG Community Room- Lego Team

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-Gillmore

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

 

1:00pm- Family Friends- Adrean Terrace

 

2pm- Humphrey Gardens- Orientation

247:45am-3pm- SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering- in Albany, NY.

 

8-9am Vega- Breakfast (MHA Employees)

 

9:00am- AmeriCorps Team Meeting @ GV

 

9am-2pm- MVCA-DAY TRIP

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

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26  278-9am- Vega- Breakfast

 

8:30-9:30-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

9:30-12-MVCA SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:00- HG  & GV-Community Room Arts & Crafts

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-GV

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

288-9am- Vega- Breakfast

 

8:30-9:30am-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

10am- SNAP ED- Gillmore Village

 

9:30-12-MVCA  SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:30- GV & HG-Community Room- Lego Team

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-Gillmore

 

1:30-2:30-Vega-Girl Scout Sampler Series

 

5:00pm- Bible Study, Vega Center

298-9am- Vega- Breakfast

 

8:30-9:30-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

9:30-12pm-MVCA  SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:00- GV & HG Community Room- Games Arts & Crafts

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-Gillmore

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

308-9am- Vega- Breakfast

 

8:30-9:30am-Breakfast- GV & HG

 

9:30-12-MVCA  SUMMER CAMP-   & 1PM-3PM- Vega Center

 

9:45am-11:30- GV & HG- Community Room- Lego Team

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

12:00pm-Boonville Fair Health Expo

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-Gillmore

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

 

318-9am- Vega- Breakfast (MHA Employees)

 

9:00am- AmeriCorps Team Meeting @ GV

Lab

 

12:00- Vega Summer Lunch Program

 

9am-2pm- MVCAI -DAY TRIP

 

11-3- City of Utica-REC Program, Seymour Park, Swimming 1-5pm

 

11-3pm- City of Utica-REC Program-AT, NDP, MATTS

Notes:

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Pictures of Today’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Humphrey Gardens

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Albany Field Office Director Jaime E_ Forero2 United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Albany Field Office Director Jaime E_ Forero Robert Calli Interim Utica MHA Executive Director Ribbon Cutting Resident picture Resident Picture 3 Resident Picture 2 Mayor Robert M_ Palmieri of Utica Laura Jacopelle Laura Jacopelle Humphrey Gardens Resident Exterior 6 Exterior 5 Exterior 1 Apartment Interior 3 Apartment Interior 2 Apartment Interior 1 Apartment Interior 2

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.