AuSABLE FORKS — A $400,000 State Community Development Block Grant will help rehabilitate about 13 homes damaged by Tropical Storm Irene in the Town of Jay.
This funding, which was secured by a grant written by Bruce Misarski of the Essex County Housing Assistance Program, will be utilized for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation with specific goals: solving code violations, repairing health and safety deficiencies and correcting severe energy-efficiency issues.
The funds are provided as a deferred-payment loan, as long as the owner remains in the home for five years. To be eligible, income must be below 80 percent of the area’s median household income, which is $47,450 for a family of four.
Though 31 homes are on the waiting list for rehabilitation, Misarski and Jay Town Supervisor Randall Douglas are strongly encouraging families whose homes might benefit to apply for funding anyhow.
They say the Town of Jay was a strong contender for the money because of the number of low-to-medium-income families affected by Tropical Storm Irene. Homeowners who did not qualify for the Federal Emergency Management Agency buyout programs should fill out an application for this round of funding, they said.
Douglas said he believes the long waiting list will improve the chance to win future grant funding.
“This is the third CDBG grant that the Town of Jay has been awarded since I became supervisor, the first being in 2006,” he said in the news release.
“This program will allow us to offer a better quality of life to our constituents.”
To obtain an application, Misarski at 873-6888.