The Housing Assistance Program of Essex County benefits from funding

— The Housing Assistance Program of Essex County (HAPEC) along with the towns of Lewis and Willsboro were the recipients of awards through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

Each received $400,000, which will be used for renovations to owner-occupied homes throughout the county.

HAPEC Executive Director Alan Hipps said that a total of 38 homes would be renovated through the funding.

“In each of the towns, they will be able to renovate 13 owner-occupied homes,” Hipps said. “The third grant is one that will be used countywide and will be able to go toward a total of 12 homes.”

Hipps said that the funding will go toward renovations to the home and will also focus on making homes more energy efficient.

“We feel very fortunate and thrilled by this,” Hipps said. “We appreciate the work that our local representatives and the regional council have done.”

The supervisors of the towns specifically benefited also expressed excitement over the news.

“What this does is it provides for the residents of Lewis and those that need upgrades to their homes, expecially if they have needs with their septic or heating,” Lewis Supervisor David Blades said.

“We are very happy about it and are preparing to get this off and running here,” Willsboro Supervisor Edward “Ed” Hatch said.

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