"It keeps the money in the community. The [contractors] buy their materials here, they gas up their trucks at the local convenience store, they buy their lunch locally in the town of village they're working in," said Campbell. "The contractors benefit, the owners benefit and the community benefits."
The funding from the NYSAHC will be utilized with a $250,000 grant secured earlier this year from the New York State HOME Program. The cost of the construction is typically covered completely by Friends of the North Country, however, in some instances homeowners may be required to contribute a small percentage toward the overall cost, Campbell said.
The program is in high demand throughout the area it serves, which encompasses Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, said Campbell. There is currently a pool of 80-90 applicants for the program, he added, each of whom will go through an evaluation process to assess their need and eligibility for the program.
Most recently, Friends of the North Country was involved with the completion of a home in the town of Schuyler Falls. Previous to that, a home was completed six months ago in Keeseville, the village where Friends of the North County's main offices are located.
Those interested in more information about Friends of the North Country may call 834-9606 or visit their office at 1 Mill St., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.