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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Arbor, Tri County merge to offer more services

  • Arbor Development and Tri County Housing Council announced this week their agencies will merge operations and begin doing business as “Arbor Housing and Development.”

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  • Arbor Development and Tri County Housing Council announced this week their agencies will merge operations and begin doing business as “Arbor Housing and Development.”
    The merger has been approved by the state Attorney General’s Office and the State Department,
    Employees of the two agencies will remain with Arbor Housing and Development and service recipients will not experience any changes, according to the group’s press release.
    The combined organizations will offer a full range of housing services including: real estate development, property management, rental assistance, home-ownership, home rehabilitation, and supportive housing services (including programs for those with persistent mental illness and victims of domestic violence).
    Officials said the merger will allow the agencies to expand services to more participants across a broader geographic area, including Allegany, Chemung, Livingston, Schuyler, and Steuben counties. In addition, the organization is involved in some projects and services in Yates and Wayne Counties in New York, and Bradford, McKean, Potter, and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania.
    Current Arbor Development Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Eaton will remain as CEO for the merged organization, with Judy Celelli named Chief Operating Officer.
    Arbor Housing and Development employs approximately 95 full and part-time staff. These employees will continue to work from the same offices where they were located before the merger. Service recipients should call the same phone numbers they are accustomed to calling. In the future, Arbor Housing and Development plans to identify a centrally-located property to use as the agency’s single headquarters. Information about Arbor Housing and Development can be found online at www.ArborDevelopment.org.
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