Lake Ontario Flood Relief Home Repair Program Application

The application period closed Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Your supporting documentation, estimates and additional information will continue to be accepted if your application was in by the deadline.

Procedural update.
The legislation providing the Flood Relief funding required that we prioritize situation that pose imminent health and safety risks to the occupants. This includes damage to structure, walls and septic systems. This application will be served before stand-alone shoreline applicants. Stand-alone shoreline damage application will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted if additional information is needed at such time as we are able to serve them. Once you have applied no further action is needed until you are contacted by our staff.

The best way to communicate is via e-mail to floodrelief@pathstone.org.
We can respond to at least 10 emails in the time that is spent on one phone call. Please help us help you more efficiently.

 

 

Lake Ontario Flood Recovery

The application period closed Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM.
Your supporting documentation, estimates and additional information will continue to be accepted if your application was in by the deadline.

Procedural update.
The legislation providing the Flood Relief funding required that we prioritize situation that pose imminent health and safety risks to the occupants. This includes damage to structure, walls and septic systems. This application will be served before stand-alone shoreline applicants.
Stand-alone shoreline damage application will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted if additional information is needed at such time as we are able to serve them. Once you have applied no further action is needed until you are contacted by our staff.

The best way to communicate is via e-mail to floodrelief@pathstone.org. We can respond to at least 10 emails in the time that is spent on one phone call.

Please help us help you more efficiently.

Helping Homeowners and Municipalities Recover from Flood Damage along the Lake Ontario Coastline – Updated

To expedite repairs and the construction of shoreline stabilization projects, Governor Cuomo declared a disaster emergency on May 2, 2017 in counties impacted by spring flooding along the Lake Ontario Coastline: Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne.

To aid in relief and recovery efforts, New York State is providing $22 million in assistance for homeowners, businesses and municipalities. From restoring roads, floodwalls and public water infrastructure to assisting small businesses with physical damage to providing New Yorkers with the help they need to repair their homes, these targeted programs are delivering relief to New York families across the entire Lake Ontario region.

$7 Million Available for Homeowners Impacted by Flooding

New York State Homes and Community Renewal will make available up to $7 million in state funding for homeowners along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River in the aftermath of the extreme weather and severe flooding in the region. The new investment program will provide up to $40,000 for homeowners to support interior and exterior repairs to structural damage caused by flooding, as well as the repair or replacement of permanent fixtures.

For more information about eligibility and program parameters, read the Lake Ontario Home Owner Recovery Assistance Program Fact Sheet.

TO APPLY:

For Homeowners:

Download the application HERE.

The program will be administered through not-for profit housing organizations seeking to help homeowners affected by the flooding. Homeowners seeking assistance are encouraged to contact the not-for-profit organizations that have already expressed interest in serving as program participants to determine eligibility and ask questions about the program. Those organizations are listed below, along with their contact information and the areas they intend to serve:

Cayuga, Monroe and Wayne Counties

Sheen Housing
www.sheenhousing.org
sheen2@rochester.rr.com
585-657-4114

Orleans County

Pathstone
www.thehousingcouncil.org
info@thehousingcouncil.org
585-546-3700

Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties

Neighbors Of Watertown, Inc.
www.neighborsofwatertown.com
Floodinfo@neighborsofwatertown.com
315-782-8497

Niagara County

Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.
www.niagarfallsnhs.org
nfnhs@nfnhs.org
716-285-7778

Homeowners may also contact the HCR Office of Community Renewal to express interest by contacting LakeOntario@nyshcr.org or calling 518-474-2057.

** We do not have any information at this time on the pending additional $90 MM for flood victims. We will share information as it becomes available, thank you for your patience. **

It’s Not Too Late to Apply for the Lake Ontario Residential Recovery Program
Deadline Friday September 29th 5pm

How do I get the Flood Relief Application?

The application period closed Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM.
Your supporting documentation, estimates and additional information will continue to be accepted if your application was in by the deadline.

Procedural update
The legislation providing the Flood Relief funding required that we prioritize situation that pose imminent health and safety risks to the occupants. This includes damage to structure, walls and septic systems. These application will be served before stand-alone shoreline applicants.
Stand-alone shoreline damage application will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted if additional information is needed at such time as we are able to serve them. Once you have applied no further action is needed until your are contacted by our
staff.
The best way to communicate is via e-mail to floodrelief@pathstone.org
We can respond to at least 10 emails in the time that is spent on one phone call.

Please help us help you more efficiently.

To aid in relief and recovery efforts, New York State is providing $22 million in assistance for homeowners, businesses and municipalities. From restoring roads, floodwalls and public water infrastructure to assisting small businesses with physical damage to providing New Yorkers with the help they need to repair their homes, these targeted programs are delivering relief to New York families across the entire Lake Ontario region.

Click HERE to download the application.

** We do not have any information at this time on the pending additional $90 MM for flood victims. We will share information as it becomes available, thank you for your patience. **

Lake Ontario Flood Relief Home Repair Program Application

 

 The application period closed Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Your supporting documentation, estimates and additional information will continue to be accepted if your application was in by the deadline.

Procedural update.

The legislation providing the Flood Relief funding required that we prioritize situation that pose imminent health and safety risks to the occupants. This includes damage to structure, walls and septic systems. This application will be served before stand-alone shoreline applicants. Stand-alone shoreline damage application will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted if additional information is needed at such time as we are able to serve them. Once you have applied no further action is needed until you are contacted by our staff. The best way to communicate is via e-mail to floodrelief@pathstone.org. We can respond to at least 10 emails in the time that is spent on one phone call. Please help us help you more efficiently.

 

Here’s some good news for house hunters

For the first time since 2011, incomes rose faster than home prices in the U.S., according to a new report from Zillow.

The median home price climbed to $188,100 in August, a 5% increase from the same time a year ago. And last week, the Census Bureau reported that median household income increased to $56,516 in 2015, up 5.2% from 2014.
“People will have a chance to see more money coming in on a monthly basis in their paychecks, allowing them to save more for a down payment or afford more in a mortgage payment,” said Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist.
Related: How much house can you afford?
While the rise in income — which was the first increase since 2007 — is good news for wanna-be home buyers, incomes still have a long way to go to catch up with home values.
Home prices have shot up since 2012, as strong demand and limited supply created an affordability issue in markets throughout the country. read more…

2.5 million consumers hit by financial crisis ready to reenter housing

The time frame for borrowers who were significantly hit after the financial crisis to improve their credit score is about to happen, opening the door for a lot of consumers to reenter the housing market.

According to Experian‘s latest analysis, foreclosures, short sales and bankruptcies remain on a credit report for seven years, which means these items are due to fall off the credit files of 2.5 million consumers between June 2016 and June 2017. read more…

Successful Relationships for Housing for Homeless Households and Social Services Clients

Education Offering:

“Successful Relationships for Housing for Homeless Households and Social Services Clients”

The Rapid Rehousing Partnership Partner, a program of Coordinated Care Services, Inc., in collaboration with The Monroe County Department of Human Services,  is pleased to announce the availability of a free educational workshop for landlords and property managers, “Successful Relationships for Housing for Homeless Households and Social Services Clients”.  The first offering of this workshop is scheduled for:

Friday, May 13th

8:00 – 9:30 AM

at

The United Way

75 College Avenue, Eastman Room

 As part of the community’s efforts to eliminate homelessness, a Rapid Rehousing approach is being used more and more to quickly move households from homelessness to stable permanent housing. The Rapid Rehousing Partnership Program provides the needed support for both the households moving into permanent housing and the landlords who are renting units for our clients. This new workshop offering is aimed at providing landlords and property managers with the information needed to have positive working relationships and experiences with the Department of Human Services, our Rapid Rehousing Program and other programs in the community and their tenants.

 Topics to be included in this workshop are:

  • Rapid Rehousing Supports for Landlords and Tenants
  • Renting to Temporary Assistance Clients
  • Landlord Statements
  • Direct Rent Payments
  • Property Violations
  • The Landlord Tenant Security Agreement and Improvements in Claims Process

Participation is open to the community. We hope that you are able to attend. These sessions are scheduled on a regular basis; please let us know if you are interested in attending a future session.

The DHS Publication, “Renting to Monroe County Temporary Assistance Clients – 2014” provides helpful information on the above topics and may be may be accessed by following the link:

 http://www2.monroecounty.gov/files/hs/Renting%20to%20TA%20Clients%20-%20Revised%20February%202014.pdf

 If you are interested in attending this session or would like to be informed of future sessions, please e-mail:

Annette Parsons – aparsons@ccsi.org

Thank you and we hope that you will be able to attend this Educational Workshop!

First Home Club helps first time buyers

Lori Posato is in the market for her first home. She is open to a number of different neighborhoods and styles in the $140,000-and- under price range and doesn’t mind a fixer-upper.

Posato, 23, knows that it takes hard work and perseverance to achieve her dream of home ownership. To save money, she is living at home with her parents and saving money toward a down payment through a First Home Club program at ESL Federal Credit Union.

“I figured I’d skip renting and go straight to home ownership,” she said.

Posato is currently in the midst of saving $188 a month for ten months, which will qualify her for a four-to-one match on her savings, or $7,500, through the First Home Club program at ESL.

In addition to ESL, a number of other local lending institutions, including First Niagara, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, First Federal Credit Union and M&T Bank, offer the program.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York’s First Home Club is a set-aside of the Affordable Housing Program that is designed to assist income eligible first-time home buyers in the purchase of a home. Assistance is provided in the form of matching funds based on the home buyer’s savings with a dedicated savings account. The matching funds up to $7,500 may be used toward the down payment and/or closing costs for the purchase of a home. ESL is one of the members of Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.

read more….

Voices: Helping the homeless is everyone’s responsibility

Rick Hampson, USA TODAY

NEW YORK – One night 35 years ago I was working on The Associated Press city desk. The phone rang. A woman said, “This is the Catholic Worker.Dorothy Day has died.’’

A pause. “Do you know who that is?’’

I did. To many Catholics growing up in the 1950s and ‘60s, the founder of the Catholic Worker movement was as, the critic Dwight Macdonaldobserved, “one of those surprises that makes life life.’’

She was an oddball who took the Gospel at face value; a pacifist who opposed even war against Hitler; a rebel who might be a saint. She said things like, “the object ofChristianity is to make the rich poor and the poor holy.’’

As a kid I’d mysteriously received a subscription to her gritty newspaper, The Catholic Worker. It cost one cent, had no ads or photos, and no sports. I didn’t see the point.

Over the years Day has gone in and out of style, but last year she was one of four Americans Pope Francis praised in his speech to Congress, along with Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Thomas Merton, the writer-monk (who said hewouldn’t have become a Catholic if not for Day).

I think of her as this city faces a political crisis over its 60,000 homeless people, most in shelters and several thousand on the street.

read more….

City of Geneva to require inspections for rent-assisted housing

By DAVID L. SHAW dshaw@fltimes.com

GENEVA — The city is home to more than 200 individuals and families who receive temporary rent voucher assistance from Ontario County. The city and county announced Wednesday that a new policy will require that operating permits be issued for homes hosting rent supported residents. To obtain an operating permit, the house must pass a safety, sanitary and security inspection. The new policy was developed by the city’s Problem Properties Task Force and the Ontario County Department of Social Services. It is scheduled for a phased-in implementation. As of Nov. 9, any new applicants for temporary housing assistance from the county will need to demonstrate that the residence they are preparing to occupy has received an operating permit within 30 days of residency.

Residences with no active operating permit will face suspension of rent payments.

For property owners currently being paid through the county-supported voucher program, operating permits will be required to be in place prior to Feb. 8, 2016.

Operating permits can be obtained by scheduling an inspection through the city fire marshal’s office at 789-5311. Inspections will be conducted in accordance with the New York State Uniform Building Fire Code.

The city will provide DSS with a list of all structures in the city that have an active, valid operating permit, updated monthly. The new policy does not apply to hotel placements by DSS.  read more…