October 18, 2013
FINGER LAKES UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY (FLUCP), INC./HAPPINESS HOUSE BREAKS GROUND ON 20 UNIT APARTMENT COMPLEX
FLUCP, Inc./Happiness House was awarded $2.4 million through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s New York State Homes & Community Renewal's Unified Funding Application. This Living Center will serve adults with traumatic brain injuries, adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, or any individual who is eligible for affordable housing. In addition, a $1.4 million grant was awarded from The New York State Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance, as well as very generous gifts from community funders who provided us with the funding for engineering and start up costs for this project.
FLUCP, Inc./Happiness House will construct a 20,000 square feet, two story wood frame and brick building, which will be built on their current campus, located on .96 acres at 5415 County Rd. 30 in Canandaigua, NY. This 20 unit, non-certified residence will have 18/one bedroom units at 650 sq. ft., 2/two bedroom units at 900 sq. ft., a living room, small kitchen and bathroom. This Living Center will be equipped with a community room, kitchen, laundry facilities and office space as well.
“Happiness House will provide residents with services based on their individual needs, including case management, individualized training for independent living skills, wellness and money management education, pre-vocational training, assistance with job search, and direct care support,” said Eileen Gage, Happiness House Board Chair and Vice President of Nursing at Finger Lakes Health .
Mary Walsh Boatfield, Happiness House CEO adds, “Happiness House will ensure quality care, compliance and will utilize various funding streams in serving all eligible individuals with disabilities who will reside in this home.” We are very fortunate, given the state of this economy, to be afforded this opportunity to expand our services and it’s imperative that we continue to look for alternative, cost effective ways to provide needed services in the future.
Happiness House is committed to providing a safe environment with cost effective, integrated, lifelong opportunities for individuals with and without disabilities where they can enhance their life skills, access public transportation to our community, as they strive toward increased independence.
Happiness House- Finger Lakes Cerebral Palsy Association is a private nonprofit health and human service agency that has been serving communities in the Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York since 1969. Today with sites in Geneva, Canandaigua, Gorham, and Waterloo, Happiness House offers an array of educational program, recreational and family support services for children and adults with and without disabilities who reside in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties. On average Happiness House serves 1,000 individuals and their families each year.
Cheryl L. Coppola