ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) - Governor Kathy Hochul announced the availability of $35 million in funding to provide supportive services for affordable housing projects statewide.

The seventh round of funding through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative will help cover operating expenses for 1,400 units of permanent supportive housing that will help reduce housing instability among vulnerable populations in New York.

"Supportive housing is a critical component of our efforts to build inclusive communities and ensure all New Yorkers have a safe, affordable place to call home," Governor Hochul said. "The funding announced today through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative will be critical to addressing the root causes of housing instability and uplifting our most vulnerable and marginalized populations."

The initiative provides funding for supportive service providers serving groups of people such as homeless veterans, victims of domestic violence, and those with substance use disorders.

Research has shown that permanent supportive housing reduces the demand for shelters, hospital beds, emergency rooms, prisons, and jails, in addition to having a positive effect on employment, school attendance, and mental and physical wellbeing.