Lantern Community Services is thrilled to have been awarded funds from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York’s $100 million Non-Profit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program, for much-needed improvements to the community space at Huntersmoon Hall. Huntersmoon is home to nearly 100 formerly homeless people living with special needs, and many more low-income tenants. The $442,185 award means we can transform the existing community space, making the building more welcoming and accessible and improving residents’ well-being. The renovations will include new flooring, furniture, lighting, and tiling, and an overhaul of the floorplan to allow us to offer more activities.
Much of Lantern’s robust programming, and our exceptional degree of client engagement, relies upon having welcoming, accessible, and safe community spaces, on-site where our clients live. Our Arts, Culture & Fitness and Nutrition & Culinary Arts programs make great use of these spaces, with Huntersmoon residents enjoying jewelry-making classes and our weekly fresh food box program. But until now, poor accessibility and layout has limited participation in these activities.
We look forward to bringing new life and more quality services to Huntersmoon Hall with these funds, and thank New York State for this crucial investment in human services infrastructure.