Teamwork and Persistence Result in Success

By Daniel Meyer

Citing the ability of different entities to work together and crediting all parties involved for being persistent in seeing the project through completion, local officials recently gathered to celebrate the opening of a new adult care housing facility for people who are either physically or mentally disabled, are living in poverty or are facing some other obstacle to living independently.

The Kinley-Hill housing project on Church Street in the City of Salamanca was the site of a ribbon cutting ceremony late last month, with the $2.5 million project being lauded by all in attendance. The facility created features 18 permanent housing units and five temporary housing units.

The adult care housing complex will be run by Cattaraugus Community Action, who identified the critical need for permanent housing that is affordable for single adults who have multiple barriers to self-reliance as well as the growing demand for temporary housing to shelter adults who are awaiting placement in permanent housing. Staff members will provide tenants a variety of services, including individualized case management care that will go through the process of assessment, goal planning, on-site skill building and service linkages.

The $2.5 million project was completely funded by grant money obtained from New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. State officials are pleased with the success of the project and how different entities from the public and private sector came together to ensure the project came to fruition.

“The Kinley-Hill Project in Salamanca is another Cattaraugus Community Action success story,” said New York State Assemblyman Joseph Giglio. “It will provide a needed service within our communities by housing those looking to help themselves by having a place for them to stay while they get on their feet. As always, my hat is off to all of those that made the project successful.”

The facility was named Kinley-Hill after the project’s developers, Don and Sandy Hill of Western Door Development, and the construction company that completed the extensive renovation work, Kinley Corporation. The building, which was formerly owned by Don and Sandy Hill, was completely gutted after it was determined that the existing walls and design of the interior of the structure were unusable. Located at 23 Church St., the property used to house the former Broad Street Smoke Shop.

According to staff members of the state’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation, the project should be lauded because of the perseverance shown by all partied involved as they showed great patience in overcoming five years of obstacles and setbacks to see the project through to the completion.

Cattaraugus Community Action Chief Executive Officer Tina Zerbian also praised the willingness of the different entities to work as a team.

“It was incredible to me to see it all come together,” said Zerbian. “Our board of directors hung in there and it was good to see them keep the faith and not lose sight on our original goal. We achieved this major accomplishment through teamwork, hard work and dedication.”

The Kinley-Hill project is New York’s latest crowning jewel in efforts to establish supportive housing by partnering with community organizations to address homelessness throughout the state. By identifying that affordable housing is a core need for many individuals hoping to become self-reliant, future projects will likely use Kinley-Hill as a template to create supportive housing and deal with homelessness, which state officials say is one of New York’s biggest concerns and highest expenses.