County agency gets $1M for repairs, upgrades

Jeffery Smith

Southern Tier homeowners may be eligible for grant money available for home repairs and improvements.

Community Progress Inc. has received $1.1 million in housing and economic development funding. The agency has received a $600,000 state Affordable Housing Corporation grant, and $500,000 in New York Main Street funding, Executive Director Julie Chevalier said Tuesday.

The $600,000 housing grant will be self-administered by CPI and will help approximately 80 eligible homeowners in Steuben, Schuyler and Chemung counties, excluding the city of Elmira.

To be eligible, homeowners must own their home and meet income eligible guidelines. City of Elmira residents are not eligible for the CPI funding because the city recently received the Affordable Housing grant.

Homeowners can use the funds for major home repairs and upgrades, such as repairing or replacing roofs, repairing foundations and repairing windows.

“Elmira city homeowners can apply for the funds through the city,” said Lisa Novitsky, CPI spokesman.

The income guidelines and application dates were not available.

CPI will partner with the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development in administering the two-year New York Main Street program.

The $500,000 main street grant will fund business improvements on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen, between 2nd and 4th streets.

“The Lakefront corridor is an integral component of the county’s economy,” Chevalier said. “It will assist the tourism industry and provide financial support to business-owners to make facade improvements and provide for additional upper-story living.”

Chevalier said CPI, formed 42 years ago, has assisted thousands of homeowners in the tri-county area.

“Each year, securing funding to allocate becomes more and more competitive,” Chevalier said. “We are a local agency, securing local contractors to perform work in these programs and all materials are purchased locally.”

For more information or to request an application contact Community Progress Inc., at 962-3506 or visit the website at communityprogressinc.com.