Four Finger Lakes communities have been awarded Community Development Block Grant funding by the state for upgrades to housing and public water facilities.
“By supporting improvements to build affordable housing, enhance public water facilities and strengthen local infrastructure, this funding will lay the groundwork for stronger, more resilient neighborhoods across New York,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “These critical investments in our public infrastructure will help provide safe, stable housing and affordable amenities to New Yorkers while allowing businesses to grow and thrive, and I thank the New York Congressional Delegation for securing this vital funding for our state.”
Here’s a look at the projects locally:
- The village of Weedsport in Cayuga County will use $1 million for improvements to the village’s drinking water system.
- The village of Clyde in Wayne County will use $50,000 to prepare an engineering report to advance the construction of a new well source to supplement the village’s current water supply and ensure reliable water service
- The town of Romulus in Seneca County will use $1.25 million for improvements to the Willard Water District.
- The village of Waterloo in Seneca County will use $500,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for up to 14 lower-income homeowners.
“I am proud to deliver this $33 million in federal funding to make long-overdue, economy-boosting investments in housing and infrastructure from the Capital Region to Western New York. When I negotiated the COVID relief legislation, I secured increased support for the CDBG program because it delivers real results to Upstate New York creating good-paying jobs, delivering essential services, and supporting our most vulnerable populations,” Senator Chuck Schumer said.
The Community Development Block Grant program is a federally funded program administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal that helps counties, cities, towns and villages with projects that improve communities and benefit residents across the state.
Community Development Block Grant Housing grants can be used for housing rehabilitation of owner-occupied or renter-occupied homes, down payment assistance for low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers, and private water/wastewater system assistance for low- and moderate-income homeowners. For 2022, Homes and Community Renewal awarded $10.4 million for 24 housing rehabilitation, manufactured housing, and well and septic projects. A total of 301 households are projected to benefit from the proposed improvements.
Community Development Block Grant Public Infrastructure and Community Planning grants can be used for improvements to public water, public sewer, stormwater sewer and flood drainage improvements.
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