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Application Authorized for Community Development Block Grant Funds

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Following a public hearing, the Legislature authorized the County’s application for $691,500 in Community Development Block Grant funds, through the New York State Homes and Community Renewal Housing Trust Fund.  The grant funds, to be applied for in this year’s competitive found for CDBG funds, would support and continue the Tompkins County Homeownership Program, assisting an additional 19 households through 0% interest loans. 

The Homeownership Program has been funded through ten separate CDBG grants since 1993.  Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, now affiliated with Better Housing for Tompkins County, would provide housing counseling and other administrative services as part of the program.  The approval vote was unanimous, with Legislator Kathy Luz Herrera excused and Legislator Carol Chock recusing herself from the vote due to family connections with INHS.