- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Construction of a $7.4 million, state-funded affordable housing development has begun in Cortland in central New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the start of work on Wednesday. When complete, the two-story building will contain 39 units, about half of which will go to residents struggling with serious mental illness. Those tenants will receive mental health services from Catholic Charities of Cortland County.

The other half of the units will go to low-income families.

Cuomo’s office says the work is part of a broader push to build or maintain 100,000 affordable units around the state over five years.

The Democratic governor says the site will provide a “basic human right” to vulnerable citizens who otherwise might struggle to find housing.

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