20 Thornton Ave
Auburn, NY 13021
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(315) 253-6249
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AHA Development Corporation

Merriman Street Project
The AHA Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in December of 2011, is an affiliate of the Auburn Housing Authority. New York State Public Housing Law Section 37(1)(bb) provides New York State municipal housing authorities with the power to “do all things necessary or convenient to carry out its powers.” This includes the formation of affiliates in the undertaking, planning, construction, maintenance, and operation of any project. As partners, the AHA Development Corporation and the Auburn Housing Authority have demonstrated their ability to manage multiple public and private partnerships, be responsible stewards of public financial resources, and deliver high quality programs and projects to low-income households in Cayuga County.
The mission of the AHA Development Corporation is to expand housing opportunities for homeless, housing-vulnerable, disabled, and low-income individuals and families by developing, renovating, maintaining, and operating decent, safe, and affordable housing that is free from discrimination in Cayuga County.
In early 2013, the AHA Development Corporation applied for and received Low-Income Housing Credit, HOME, and Public Housing Modernization funding through New York State Homes & Community Renewal to complete a $19.1 million acquisition and rehabilitation of Brogan Manor, a deteriorated, 88-unit general occupancy public housing complex in Auburn, New York.
The two-year redevelopment process began in September of 2013 and will continue through October of 2015. Households with incomes at or below 60% of area median income were temporarily relocated on site and began moving back into the fully- renovated units in phases beginning May 1, 2014. Through AHA Development Corporation’s actions, environmental hazards are being eliminated, physical barriers are being removed, and rental assistance opportunities are being expanded in the City of Auburn.
In 2014, the AHA Development Corporation applied for and received $6,418,545 in funding from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation to construct the Merriman Street Family Transitions Project on Merriman Street in Auburn. The Project will consist of 28 townhomes, a community building, and playground for homeless single women and families. Four of the units will be transitional housing, while 24 of the units will be permanent housing.
The Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse will establish offices on-site and will provide supportive services to all families residing in the newly-built complex. The Auburn Housing Authority will manage the complex from its on-site offices at the Melone Village apartment complex. All referrals to the complex will be made by the Cayuga County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency Domestic Violence Intervention Program.
The Merriman Street Family Transitions Project is an expansion of a similar homeless housing program that has been administered by the Housing Authority, Rescue Mission, and DHHS since 2011. Construction of the Merriman Street Family Transitions Project is expected to be completed by December of 2016.
Board Member Term of Office Title
John Hardy Expires April 2017 President
Barbara Lamphere Expires March 2017 Vice President
Laurie Piccolo Expires April 2017 Secretary
Michelle Barber Expires March 2017 Treasurer
Trish Ottley Expires April 2017 Assistant Secretary
Rodney Richardson Expires March 2017 Director
Maureen Riester Expires March 2018 Director