NYS Affordable Housing Corporation Approves $600,000 in Grants to Upgrade 47 St. Lawrence County Homes
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NYS Affordable Housing Corporation Approves $600,000 in Grants to Upgrade 47 St. Lawrence County Homes

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NEW YORK – June 12, 2008 – The board of the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) has approved two grants totaling $600,000 to finance renovations on 47 homes in St. Lawrence County.

“These grants are part of the Affordable Housing Corporation’s continuing effort to improve the aging housing stock in St. Lawrence County, “ said Priscilla Almodovar, AHC President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our grants—which will help finance new roofs, new boilers and new heating and electrical systems—demonstrate our commitment to upgrading affordable housing and enriching communities all across the state.”

Ogdensburg Home Improvement Project

AHC approved a $300,000 grant to the City of Ogdensburg to finance home improvements for 22 single-family homes located on scattered sites in the city.

“This program enables the City to assist its low- and moderate-income citizens in performing needed repairs, weatherization and improvements,” said J. Justin Woods, Ogdensburg’s Director of Planning & Development.  “Eligible citizens are encouraged to contact the Housing Office for details.” 

The grant will be used to correct faults that could become hazardous and improve energy efficiency. The project will focus on five major building components, including plumbing, heating, electrical, water and sewer, and structural. Grants will be limited to households earning no more than $47,208 for a family of four.

The total cost of the project is $500,000. In addition to the AHC grant, the project will receive $100,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds provided by the NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation and $100,000 in City of Ogdensburg’s Revolving Loan Funds.

For additional information, contact Mark Jacobs, Housing Rehabilitation Coordinator at mjacbs (at) ogdensburg (dot) org or (315) 393-7401.

Association for Neighborhood Rehabilitation, Inc. Home Improvement Program

AHC approved a $300,000 grant to the Association for Neighborhood Rehabilitation, Inc. to finance home improvements for 25 single-family homes located on scattered sites throughout St. Lawrence County.

“Our program provides an array of services from lead hazard inspections to infrared building surveys, all of which enable homeowners to safely reside in their homes and reduce their energy consumption,” said Timothy Stewart, Executive Director of the Association for Neighborhood Rehabilitation Inc. “Without funding such as this AHC grant, these projects would not be feasible. We are very excited to be selected for funding and we look forward to working with Affordable Housing Corporation.”

The grant will finance basic rehabilitation to insulation, heating systems, roofs, electrical systems, plumbing, water supply, and septic systems. Projects that qualify will have a opportunity to further reduce energy consumption with the installation of solar water systems. Grants will be limited to households earning no more than $47,208 for a family of four.

The total cost of the project is $615,000. In addition to the AHC grant, the project will be funded with $250,000 in HOME funds provided by the NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation and $65,000 in grant funds provided by the Development Authority of the North Country.

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