ILION — The village of Ilion has received $385,800 for housing rehabilitation, according to Mayor John Stephens.
Stephens said the funds received from the state Office of Community Renewal through the Affordable Housing Corporation and Housing Trust Fund HOME programs will be used to continue the village’s housing rehabilitation grant program for income-eligible single family home owners throughout the village.
“The village of Ilion is grateful for the funds received to continue its housing rehabilitation program,” said Stephens. “We are pleased the state Office of Community Renewal recognizes that much of the housing supply in the village is old and in need of repairs. Many homeowners work hard to keep their properties in good condition, but despite their best efforts, they do not have the money available to make major repairs. The federal and state funds received by the village through these competitive housing grant programs are instrumental for improving the living conditions for village residents, especially those with very low incomes and at the poverty level.”
He added making necessary repairs to these homes makes the community stronger and more stable, which benefits the entire area.
“Housing rehabilitation efforts are critical component in the overall plan to improve neighborhoods and the quality of life for every resident,” said Stephens. “We are thankful for the letters of support by the Herkimer County Legislature and our New York state Senate and Assembly representatives.”
He said the funding will be used to address necessary home repairs. Needed repairs such as defects to the roof and foundation will be given first consideration. Priority will then be given to other building components, which may affect the safety of the residents including faulty wiring, plumbing and heating systems.
The housing consultant for the village, Shelter Planning & Development, has mailed pre-application forms to the lowest income homeowners on the village’s existing wait list. However, any village resident who owns and resides in a single-family dwelling, and believes he or she may be income eligible, is welcome to apply for assistance.
Pre-application forms are available at the village offices at 49 Morgan St., on the village’s website at www.ilionny.com or by contacting Shelter Planning & Development at 518-798-6627. Brochures are also available that explain in more detail how the program works.