May 15, 2013

Jay to renovate homes


---- — JAY — The Town of Jay has been awarded a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant to renovate homes.

The Essex County Housing Assistance Program of Essex County will be administering the grant for those meeting the income guidelines.

For one person, the maximum income to qualify is $33,500, and for two it’s $38,000, increasing by $4,750 a person for additional people in a household.

Anyone who meets the income guidelines may fill out an application at the Town of Jay Supervisor’s Office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Completed applications must be returned by May 31 to the Supervisor’s Office for consideration.

“We anticipate being able to rehab at least 13 homes,” Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas said in a news release.

“We currently have a waiting list; however, this round of funding is intended to assist those that meet the income criteria and received damages related to Hurricane Irene with an emphasis on energy-related and health- and safety-related issues.”

He said that after the needs of the existing waiting-list applicants and Irene victims have been met, they will review other applicants for assistance.

“So we encourage all interested income eligible parties to apply.”

This is the third such grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Block Grant Program through the Governor’s Office of Small Cities that the town has received in the last six years.

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