Programs to help low-income homeowners

Rochester Business Journal
April 23, 2015

The Rochester Area Community Foundation and a Syracuse non-profit plan to help launch new programs to help low-income Rochester-area and central New York homeowners make energy saving repairs and improvements, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday.

Community Foundation and Home Headquarters Inc. are to share $2 million. The money comes from New York’s share of a settlement among American Electric Power Co. Inc., eight states and the Environmental Protection Agency.

American Electric Power is one of the largest U.S. investor-owned utilities. In a deal finalized in 2007, it agreed to pay $4.6 million in fines, penalties and remediation costs to settle air-pollution complaints against 16 of its coal-fired power plants. New York’s share of the settlement was $9.5 million.

The Rochester and Syracuse-area sustainable homes programs will be modeled on a Buffalo-area program his office helped start in 2010, Schneiderman said.

Created by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Buffalo Green and Healthy Homes Initiative raised additional money to bolster the startup funds provided by the attorney general’s office. The Buffalo initiative has so far helped more than 370 Western New York home owners.

“With Rochester’s aging housing stock, many families are challenged to keep their homes in good repair,” said Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren. “I applaud Attorney General Schneiderman for looking out for Rochester’s homeowners, and I’m confident that the Rochester Area Community Foundation will be able to put these funds to good use.”

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