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State Officials Announce Housing Grants

On Friday, at a Binghamton Housing, Community and Faith-Based Development Conference held at Binghamton University, state officials announced grants they say will help in revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the Southern Tier.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner James Rubin announced an award of more than $17 million statewide for nonprofits and municipalities to create affordable homes and home ownership opportunities.

"Three of the 51 awards totaling more than a million dollars will repair the homes of 46 residents here in the Southern Tier," said commissioner.

$300,000 of the money will be awarded to the First Ward Action Council.

“Which will enable us to assist homeowners, both on Front Street and elsewhere in Binghamton, and in Broome County, to renovate their homes, which is fantastic,” said Jerry Willard, Executive Director of the First Ward Action Council.

Willard said with the help of state funding, housing opportunities like the Front Street Gateway Project help community revitalization.

"A healthy community is comprised of both good solid, attractive rental units and home ownership opportunities," said Willard, "And also helping existing homeowners in maintaining their properties.”

The funding will assist 15 very-low income homeowners in Broome County with housing renovations.

It was provided through the state's home and community renewal's 'home' program.

In addition, $400,000 will be awarded to both Community Progress and Opportunities for Chenango, Inc. These awards will provide renovations for low-income homeowners in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties.

The announcement follows the Southern Tier's $500 million Upstate Revitalization win announced by Governor Cuomo in December.