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$22.6 million to improve 1,166 homes and expand homeownership opportunities – RochesterFirst.com December 17, 2015

$22.6 million to improve 1,166 homes and expand homeownership opportunities

Announced at Rochester Housing, Community and Faith-Based Development Conference

By: RochesterFirst.com

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV)

Governor Cuomo announced on Thursday that $22.6 million in grants has been awarded to not-for-profit organizations and municipalities throughout the state to rehabilitate, repair and improve 1,166 homes and provide new opportunities for homeownership.

The announcement was made during New York State’s Rochester Housing, Community and Faith-Based Development Conference. The conference is one of a series of meetings and workshops designed to bring state agency expertise and resources directly to regions, assist local grassroots and development partners in creating affordable housing, delivering social services, and reviving downtown communities.

“The state is committing nearly $23 million to improve homes and make New York a better place to live, especially for some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Governor Cuomo. “New York State wants to help build stronger, more vibrant communities from the ground up, and I am proud to be partnering with local governments, community leaders and the nonprofit sector to make it happen.”

Today’s awards provide resources to repair and improve homes belonging to the elderly, Veterans, Medicaid recipients, people with disabilities, and low-income families and individuals. In addition, funds will assist homebuyers with down payment or closing costs, as well as acquiring and rehabilitating vacant homes.

The funds are provided through a variety of programs administered by New York State Home and Community Renewal. More information is available at http://www.nyshcr.org/Funding/Awards/.

The conference focused on a variety of issues that included the application process for housing development opportunities, solutions for zombie properties, adaptive reuse, ways to expand community services and resources, and ways to increase overall homeownership.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, “I thank Governor Cuomo for continuing to invest time, energy, and resources in Rochester. By engaging Rochester’s robust community of nonprofit and faith-based partners in accessing state resources, everyone here today is demonstrating a commitment to improving quality of life in the city and helping residents find a home.”

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