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Homeless given a second chance with new downtown housing project

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Opportunities for Broome opened its newest permanent housing project in downtown Binghamton, giving those in need a second chance.

This apartment building, located on 88-90 Carroll St., has 10 units for individuals and families who were homeless.

“We’ve actually had individuals that come into programs like this who are now homeowners, taxpayers with jobs in our city.” Mark Sylvanic, chief executive director of Opportunities for Broome, said.

One resident said he was starting to give up hope.

“I was in a bad place. I had no place to go. It was just me and my 15 year old son,” Alonzo Harper said.

Opportunities for Broome helped him land a spot in the new housing project. Now that he has a home, Harper said he’s turned his life around.

“I landed another job. I actually have a better relationship with my children because I get to see them more often because I do have a place,” Harper said. “They’ve given me faith in other people actually because I didn’t think that nobody would fight for anybody out here.”

This project is funded through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) under the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHP) and Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI).

The main criteria for living in one of Opportunities for Broome is being homeless. Those who are selected to live in a project are on a first come, first serve basis.

If you or someone you know is currently homeless, there are soup kitchens throughout the area. For a full list of food pantries and soup kitchens, click here.

Grace Gagnon

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