Cuomo awards $1 million to Chautauqua County for home rehab

Households across Chautauqua County in need of repair have been highlighted for state aid, announced Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Statewide, 80 awards were announced for low and moderate income homeowners. Three amounts totalling $1 million were designated for municipalities throughout Chautauqua County.

The town of Poland and village of Brocton were awarded $400,000 each by the state Office of Community Renewal to assist homeowners with necessary repairs.

The funds can be used to replace old windows and doors, repair roofs, foundations, wells, septic systems, plumbing or heating systems. In all cases, properties are made lead-safe as part of the work completed.

An award of $200,000 was designated for the repair or replacement of existing private wells and septic systems across the county.

Both Brocton and Poland are working with the countywide nonprofit housing rehab agency Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation to disperse the grant funding.

“We will do whatever is necessary to make sure homes are safe and decent, correct code violations, improve weatherization and improve energy efficiency,” said Eileen Powers, director of housing rehabilitation services.

In each community, 12-15 homes will receive aid, along with 20 countywide.

“These initiatives are wonderful from the governor, and they help us really rehab our housing and low income units to put them in better shape,” said County Executive Vince Horrigan.

In order to be eligible, the home must be owner-occupied and a primary residence. All taxes must be current, there must be insurance on the property and the owner must meet income guidelines.

The maximum eligible income of a single resident is $31,750; $36,250 for a family of two; $40,800 for a family of three; and $45,300 for a family of four. Adjustments are made as family size increases.

“Every New Yorker should be able to live in housing that is safe, fair and affordable,” Cuomo said. “This funding will help not only those struggling with income, but provides services for seniors and the disabled. This investment in affordable housing will greatly improve the lives of families across this state and give more New Yorkers a place to call home.”

Powers said Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation has over 30 years of experience serving the needs of lower-income property owners throughout Chautauqua County.

For more information, call 661-7650.