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Media Advisory: Opening of New Jefferson Avenue Apartments Celebration August 2, 2021

July 30, 2021 -- MEDIA ADVISORY: NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, City of Buffalo Mayor Bryon W. Brown, Community Leaders and People Inc. Celebrate Opening of New Jefferson Avenue Apartments

When: Monday, August 2, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.


Where: 1166 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY (corner of Jefferson Avenue and Northampton Street)

Who: New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, U.S. Congressmember Brian Higgins, NYS Senator Timothy Kennedy, NYS Assemblywoman Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Erie County Legislator District 1 Howard Johnson, People Inc. President and CEO Rhonda Frederick and apartment tenants will provide brief remarks. Members of the Project Development Team, funding partners and community leaders will also be in attendance.


Why: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s support of funding sources, including from NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), allowed People Inc. to move the completion of this new $31 million affordable housing and mixed-income apartment project forward on Buffalo’s East Side to be a part of the historic Jefferson corridor. People Inc. continues to broaden its scope to bring diverse audiences together for affordable and unique housing models.

People Inc. Jefferson Avenue Apartments features a total of 90 apartments, including 16 with support services, and over 16,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space. The head of household must be 18 years or older and meet income eligibility. Jefferson Avenue Apartments features 71 one-bedroom and 19 two-bedroom apartments across two three-story buildings, which includes one caretaker apartment unit. Sixteen apartments are reserved for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, who live independently and will have access to supports by People Inc.

The ground floors of both buildings will contain a total of 16,500 square feet of commercial space, which includes space for People Inc. offices, staff training and meeting rooms. Sinatra and Company Real Estate is the master leaser and currently has three tenants: Northwest Banking Center, a financial education center run by Belmont Housing Resources of WNY; Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship, Inc., a postsecondary tuition assistance program and ABC Learn and Play 2, a daycare facility.

The project is funded by: NYS Homes and Community Renewal; NYS Housing Finance Agency; JP Morgan Chase Bank; Raymond James Tax Credit Funds; City of Buffalo HOME Program; NYS Empire State Development; NYS Energy Research and Development Authority and NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.


People Inc., a multispecialty non-profit health and human services agency, provides programs and services to more than 10,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, special needs, families and older adults throughout Western New York and the Greater Rochester region. Since 1970, People Inc. has assisted people to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity. With nearly 4,000 employees, People Inc. is one of the region’s largest employers. To learn more, visit, follow People Inc. on Facebook or Twitter @PeopleIncNews.

Western New York 1219 North Forest Road | P.O. Box 9033 | Williamsville, New York 14231 | Phone: 716.817.7400 | Toll Free NY 1.888.7PEOPLE | Fax: 716.634.3889

Rochester 1860 Buffalo Road | Rochester, NY 14624 | Phone 585.441.9300 | Fax 585.441.9398

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