Nonprofit awarded $276K

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton County Community Heritage Corp. is receiving a $276,000 award to assist with housing needs throughout the county.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced $5.8 million to construct, rehabilitate and improve the homes of 338 income-eligible families across New York, including the Fulton County Community Heritage Corp. award.

“Basically the program is to remove substandard conditions and address health concerns,” Fulton County Community Heritage Corp. Executive Director David Henderson said Wednesday.

Funds are awarded through New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s Affordable Home Ownership Development Program, administered by the Affordable Housing Corp. To date, the program has awarded nearly $174 million to create or improve more than 9,000 homes.

The Affordable Home Ownership Development Program provides up to $40,000 per home to eligible municipalities, municipal housing authorities, and other not-for-profit and charitable organizations that develop affordable housing or assist homeowners in funding necessary repairs.

The Fulton County Community Heritage Corp. grant will be used for the home improvement of approximately 15 units located on scattered sites in Fulton County, according to a news release issued by Cuomo’s office.

A total of $766,000 in aid is being earmarked for 29 homes in the Mohawk Valley.

Henderson said that he put in the application for the $276,000 award last year. He said he was pleased by the award and the fact the application was still considered.

“They keep us in mind,” he said.

He said each of the 15 projects will carry an average of $16,600 worth of work, per project.

Henderson said work will include electrical and plumbing services.

“This funding will help more New Yorkers in every corner of this state achieve and preserve the American dream of home ownership,” Cuomo said in the release. “With this program, we are taking one more step toward ensuring every New Yorker has the opportunity to have a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.”

The awards will make improvements to existing owner-occupied single or multi-family homes, condominiums or cooperatives. It will also be used to acquire and rehabilitate owner-occupied homes for sale, including single and multi-family homes, condominiums, or cooperatives; and construct new owner-occupied homes for sale, including single and multi-family homes, condominiums, or cooperatives including dilapidated and manufactured homes.

Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas stated in the release: “Safe, high-quality housing promotes economic strength for families and communities. The Affordable Home Ownership Program works by helping more hardworking families to achieve the dream of home ownership and put down roots leading to more stable and to more vibrant neighborhoods. These awards epitomize Gov. Cuomo’s commitment to ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to affordable homes.”

The awards included: nearly $1.8 million for 89 homes in Western New York; $1.6 million for 73 homes in the Finger Lakes; $800,000 for 120 homes in New York City; $600,000 for 20 homes in Central New York; and $280,000 for seven homes in the Southern Tier.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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