The Albany Damien Center is receiving funding that will go towards housing people living with HIV and AIDS.

The organization received the $369,000 grant from the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative. It's part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to build 6,000 new supportive housing units in the state.

Damien Center Executive Director Perry Junjulas says the funds will support operations at the new Damien Center building that will house people with HIV who are homeless. 

"Additionally, it roughly costs the local county, the local cities betwen $25,000-$50,000 in costs for each person who is chronically homeless or in places that are not fit for human habitation," he said. "So this project, with housing for 22 persons, is going to save us, locally, between a half a million to 1 million dollars per year."

The new building is being constructed on 728 Madison Avenue between South Lake Avenue and Quail Street.