BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A century-old school building in the Buffalo suburbs is beginning its second life as an apartment complex for low-income New Yorkers.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the grand opening of the project, known as Highland School Apartments.

He says the facility in the city of Tonawanda will provide much-needed help to struggling families and individuals.

Ten of the building's 38 apartments will be set aside for adults with developmental disabilities, with a special emphasis on those at risk of homelessness.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul attended a ceremony marking the opening of the complex. She called the project a "collaborative effort" that provides housing while also giving new purpose to a vacant building.

Funding for the project includes state tax credits and assistance from a state agency serving disabled New Yorkers.