Housing-Onondaga County

Onondaga County


The following programs are operated by Central New York Services


Centralized Intake Department (CID)

The entry point for Community Residence, Intensive Apartment Program, and Single Room Occupancy (SRO). Mental health diagnosis required for most CNYS housing programs and Single Point of Access (SPOA) form required for all programs. SPOA must be completed and received by CID prior to scheduling an appointment. Intakes may be done off-site to meet consumer needs. Download SPOA and fax to CID at (315) 214-3205.

321 West Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13202   315.565.4199

Supported Housing

Supported Housing Programs assist individuals with a mental health diagnosis or dual diagnosis (MH/SA) to obtain independent apartment living within the community by providing individualized levels of support based on consumer need. Supports include assistance with housing set up, communication with landlords, financial sources, and treatment teams. Consumers are not subject to outside program attendance or length of stay requirements.

These programs are designed for consumers who are presently underserved within the community and to assist in maintaining housing through support and advocacy. SPOA required and a transition from homelessness may be required for some programs. Proof of mental health diagnosis or other disability also required prior to scheduling an intake appointment.

Supported Housing I: Assists adults with a mental health diagnosis in obtaining secure housing within the community and provides supportive services as needed.

Supported Housing II: Designed to transition consumers from long-term care at state psychiatric facilities. Referrals open to state facilities only.

Housing First: Works in conjunction with ACT team to provide housing. Referrals open to ACT team only.

Recovery Permanent Supported Housing Programs (RPSHP/RPSHP II): Assists adults with a mental health diagnosis locate housing within the community. Both programs provide case management as needed and require a transition from homelessness as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

RPSHP II is open to consumers with any disability and is not limited to those with a mental health diagnosis. Applicants must also meet the definition of chronic homelessness.

Supported Housing Programs Onondaga County 518 James Street, Suite B-1, Syracuse, NY 13203

Residential Housing

Intensive Apartment Program

Serves individuals with a mental health diagnosis or dual diagnosis (MH/SA). The program includes individualized service plans. Clients are required to participate in appropriate programming. Two bedroom apartments accommodate adults with children. Residential specialists work 1:1 to assist with activities of daily living and provide individualized services in 11 rehabilitative areas.

SPOA, mental health diagnosis, and Physician’s Authorization required. Substance abuse diagnosis is not required. Access through Centralized Intake Department (CID).

107-3 Alpine Drive, DeWitt, NY 13214  315.214.3363

Catherine Street Apartments

Located at 501 Catherine Street, Catherine Street Apartments consists of 30 Mental Health apartments. Our Mental Health apartments have five apartment treatment units as part of our IAP (Intensive Apartment Program).  These are only for individuals who meet New York State Office of Mental Health SMI (severe mental illness) criteria.  Residents will meet with staff daily to develop goals around rehabilitation/recovery resulting from measurable needs due to mental illness.  Twenty-five SP-SRO (Supportive-Single Room Occupancy) are available for individuals who meet NYS Office of Mental Health SMI (severe mental illness) criteria.  Basic case management and recovery support is provided through this program.  Referrals to Catherine Street Apartments will come from SPOA, Supportive Housing, Hutchings Psychiatric Center, state-operated community residences, state forensic institutions, prisons, local hospitals, jails, parole, probation, families, self and other community based organizations.

Catherine Street also offers 20 affordable apartments, 10 one-bedroom and 10-two bedroom.  All apartments are Section 8 housing.  Leasing is done by Christopher Community and has an income requirement of 60% Aggregate Median Income (AMI) or lower.  In addition to the application, Christopher Community also requires the following:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Photo ID
  • Award letter(s) showing benefits income
  • Proof of employment income (if applicable)
  • Bank statements for checking/savings/assets

Application is available by calling 315.424.1821. Please submit completed applications to dbrne@christopher-community.org.

501 Catherine St. Syracuse, NY 13202 315.928.5610

Community Residence Single Room Occupancy (SRO)

Long-term housing for adults with serious and persistent mental illness or Axis I diagnosis. Residences staffed 24/7 with secure reception areas. On-site staff provides services including medication management, crisis intervention, activities for daily living, social and recreational opportunities. Meals and snacks provided in dining rooms as well as access to cooking facilities. Laundry rooms, computer /library rooms, TV lounges, and game rooms available. Consumers encouraged to further independent living skills and may transition to less supportive housing, but no limit exists for length of stay. Residents are eligible for SSI Level II Benefits. SPOA required.  Access through Centralized Intake Department (CID).

The program links three homes to create a service complex. Provides all SRO services previously described and is located adjacent to a city bus stop. The backyard landscape was designed in conjunction with the SUNY College of Environmental Design and Forestry’s Center for Design Research. This is an on-going collaborative project designed by consumers to add workable garden space, leisure space, and provide a fully usable green space.

1621 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210  315.428.8527

Constructed by CNYS, this residence offers all SRO services previously described. Residence located on a large lot with ample green space.

1003 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202  315.475.2107

Provides all SRO services previously described. Newer construction on a large corner lot.

703 West Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13202  315.475.2107

Constructed by CNYS, this residence offers all SRO services previously described but is designed with a private apartment structure. All rooms contain kitchen facilities and private bathrooms.

222 Wyoming Street, Syracuse, NY  315.476.7345

Susan’s Place

Community-based apartment program serving those diagnosed with mental health and other disabilities who are transitioning out of homelessness as defined by the NYS Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A collaborative program with NYS Office of Mental Health overseeing a portion of apartments reserved for those with mental health issues and HUD regulating the portion open to women (only) with other disabilities. Some capability to serve women with dependent children under the HUD portion.
The program provides case management and a curriculum based on skill building and goal setting.

107-3 Alpine Drive, DeWitt, NY 13214  315.214.3363

Welch Terrace

Residential opportunity for consumers with HIV-related disabilities owned by Welch Terrace Housing Development Fund, Inc. Management and program services provided by CNYS. One bedroom apartments may accommodate more than one person. Units with kitchen, living room and bath designed for persons with physical disabilities. The secure environment offers support services for the promotion of a healthy lifestyle without drug or alcohol dependency. Referrals may be made through area service providers.
Contact: (315) 422-5611 for more information or application.

1047 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13210



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