Southern Tier Receives Affordable Housing Fund

Affordable Housing Fund

(WENY) -- $14 million is coming to housing agencies across New York state to help with affordable housing.
     Here in the Southern Tier, upwards of a million dollars will help low-income homeowners make home improvements.
     These highly competitive awards are provided by the Affordable Housing Corporation.
     The purpose of the grants are to rehabilitate and construct low and moderate income homes.
     Funding support for low income communities to drive the local economy.
     Four not-for-profit organizations in the Southern Tier will be receiving state aid to improve living conditions.
     Those organizations include Better Housing for Tompkins County, Arbor Housing and Development in Steuben County, Tioga Opportunities and Near Westside Neighborhood Association in Chemung County.
     "The housing stock here in Elmira is really old. And it's really difficult to pay for all those repairs so this program helps out," said Beth Farr, Executive Director at Near Westside Neighborhood Association.
     Farr says they've reached the end of their funding from 3 years ago.
     The $300,000 dollars they'll get will be used to rehabilitate 20 affordable housing units throughout the city of Elmira, not just the west side.
     The organization will cover a minimum of  60% of home repair costs.
     "Typically we do roof repairs, plumbing, heating, energy... and health issues," said Farr.
     Qualifying for affordable housing all depends on family size and income.
     For example, a family of  four must have a maximum income of $49,200.
     Better Housing for Tompkins county will receive $300,000 to support 24 homes in the Ithaca area.
     "As affluent as Ithaca is or seems.  as soon as you go a few miles out of the city, it's pretty amazing the condition under which some people are living," said Christine Carreiro of Better Housing for Tompkins County.

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