Friday, May 21, 2010
(Monticello) – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau has announced that Sullivan County has secured a $70,000.00 RESTORE Program grant from the NYS Housing Trust Fund Corp./Division of Housing and Community Renewal. RESTORE stands for Residential Emergency Services to Offer (Home) Repairs to the Elderly. The program provides funding to pay for emergency repairs to eliminate hazardous conditions in dwelling units owned by individuals over the age of 60 when the homeowner cannot afford to make the repairs in a timely fashion. The Sullivan County RESTORE grant funding is available only to residents of Sullivan County.
Fanslau said, “Emergency repairs can be very expensive and burdensome, particularly for a senior citizen who is living on a fixed income. The RESTORE program enables Sullivan County residents to remain in the home and community they love.”
Examples of emergency repairs include:
- Electrical repairs or upgrades;
- Heating systems and chimneys;
- Plumbing and septic issues; and
- Structural repairs such as deteriorated foundations, roofs, floors, stairs, decks, doorways, windows and porches.
To qualify, the needed repair must address an imminent health risk or safety hazard, and must not exceed $7,500.00 per dwelling unit (home) in cost. The RESTORE Program funding will be limited for emergency repairs to eliminate hazardous conditions in a total of nine (9) dwelling units owned by County residents over the age of sixty (60). There will be no funding used for any additional construction activities.
To participate, an applicant must own their home or mobile home in which they reside. The applicant does not have to own the land on which the mobile home is located. The RESTORE Program is subject to income eligibility guidelines; an applicant’s household income must not exceed 80% of the area median income (AMI), adjusted for household size.
For more assistance in completing a RESTORE Program application or if you have questions / concerns about participating in the program, please contact: Francine Sunshine, Sullivan County Office For the Aging 807-0241.