In November, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $13 million is available for restoration and recovery efforts for Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga, Delaware, and Chenango Counties following the severe storms and flash flooding on August 13-15. In an already wet year, the storms severely impacted communities in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. National Weather Service data indicates these regions received between 10 and 20 inches of rain during the 30-day period beginning July 22, 2018.On August 14, the Governor declared a State of Emergency, and nine local governments also declared States of Emergency due to the severity of the storm. Widespread power outages impacted more than 1,500 homes and businesses in the area, and state and local first responders rescued and evacuated more than 200 people from campgrounds in the Finger Lakes Region.
A new residential assistance program was created to provide funding to primary homeowners whose damages exceed insurance claims and other available aid. With maximum grants of $50,000, this program will help eliminate the unmet need of homeowners. The program will be administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal, and assistance will be provided in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga, Delaware and Chenango counties.
The grants can go toward reimbursements to support repairs to and restoration of structures, and other physical damage required for safety and habitability, including foundations, heating systems, electric systems, wells and septic systems, insulation, and flooring. (emphasis added)
Applications from homeowners for the residential assistance program have been accepted since Monday, November 5. The deadline for applications is Monday, February 4, 2019. Applications will be available from local not-for-profit housing organizations, who are administering the program. Homeowners seeking an application should contact:
Arbor Housing and Development
(Schuyler, Chemung, Broome, Delaware, Chenango Counties)
(607) 654-7487 x 2049
www.arbordevelopment.org (emphasis added)