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Connections: Discussing the impact of affordable housing projects in Rochester

In 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $20 billion five-year plan to "combat homelessness and create affordable housing for all New Yorkers." This September, his office announced the availability of $158 million to advance the plan to combat homelessness.

A number of local companies and nonprofit organizations have been working to create more affordable housing options for people in the Greater Rochester area. Some of those options are supportive housing, meaning they provide different forms of assistance to people struggling with substance abuse, mental illness, and chronic homelessness.

This hour, we talk with the leaders behind some of those projects about what they've been able to accomplish and the impact they expect their projects to have on the community. Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.