New York's first female Governor, Kathy Hochul, announced that construction is happening at School 75, located at 57 Howard Street in Buffalo. The $29 million development will become an affordable housing complex. School 75 Apartments will provide 47 affordable homes and 18 new single-family homes on Buffalo's east side. Of the apartments, 33 will be set aside for homeless veterans and military individuals who are disabled.
Governor Hochul spoke about New York's need to address affordable housing,
"Our commitment to fighting homelessness and housing insecurity continues with this latest development that breathes new life into a historic Buffalo school. Public School 75 was once a place where generations of children were able to learn and get their start toward a bright future. Our investment will once again allow this location to be the centerpiece of a vibrant neighborhood where families have the chance to grow, and our veterans receive the support they deserve."
Each of 65 the homes created at School 75 Apartments will provide affordable housing for families with incomes at or less than 60 percent of the Area Median Income. Twenty families who become residents of School 75 Apartments will receive rental aid and supportive services through New York State's Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative. Another 13 families will receive aid from Erie County through the federal U.S. Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care program.
Public School 75 held its last classes in 1979 and after several uses since, the building remained vacant for more than 20 years. Alterations to the three-story brick exterior will carefully preserve the historic architectural elements. All windows will be replaced with historic aluminum windows and four entry doors will be replaced to match the look of the originals. ~ Governor Hochul's website