Grants to help rehab homes in Au Sable Forks received

— Town of Jay Supervisor Randall Douglas recently announced that the town has been awarded a $400,000 New York State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The award from this highly competitive round of grant funding has the potential to assist with the rehabilitation of approximately 13 homes.

This funding, which was secured by a grant written by Bruce Misarski of the Housing Assistance Program of Essex County (HAPEC), will be utilized for owner occupied housing rehabilitation, with specific goals being; solving code violations, repairing situations where there are health and safety deficiencies and correcting severe energy efficiency issues. As in the past, these funds will be administered as a “deferred payment loan,” providing the owner remains in the home for five years. To be eligible, a household's income must be below 80% of the area's median household income; $47,450 for a family of four.

Although there are currently 31 homes on the waiting list for rehabilitation, Misarski and Douglas are strongly encouraging families who feel they may have existing qualifying issues to still fill out an application for this funding. Both Douglas and Misarski felt that the Town of Jay was a strong contender in the bid for this funding because of the amount of low to medium income families that were affected by Hurricane Irene. Homeowners affected by Hurricane Irene that did not qualify for FEMA buyout programs are strongly encouraged to fill out an application for this round of funding. Douglas believes that, “home owners who file an application and are placed on a waiting list will improve the potential chance for success of any future grant applications.”

“This is the third CDBG Grant that the Town of Jay has been awarded since I became Supervisor, the first being in 2006,” Douglas said.

These grants are helping to revitalize our community and others across the state of New York by making funds available to income qualifying families that might otherwise not be able to afford costly home repairs. This program will allow us to offer a better quality of life to our constituents.”

Applications may be obtained by calling Bruce Misarski at HAPEC at 873-6888.

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