LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Dansville and Springwater were each awarded $500,000 this week from New York State to improve, rehabilitate, and repair local homes.
Dansville Mayor Peter Vogt said that the improving housing in the Village benefits the entire community.
“I’m ecstatic, I like anything that helps our property owners and community members,” said Vogt. “It will certainly help lower-income property owners, and improving properties expands the tax base and benefits the entire community.”
Both the Village of Dansville and the Town of Springwater were awarded $500,000 for their respective ongoing housing rehabilitation programs.
Several other regional housing improvement organizations applied for and received awards.
The Genesee Valley Rural Preservation Council, Inc. was awarded $150,000 for RESTORE (Residential Emergency Services to Offer Repairs to the Elderly) projects across Livingston County.
The Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, Inc. was awarded $150,000 for projects in Livingston, Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.
The Genesee Valley Rural Preservation Council, Inc. was awarded $150,000 for Livingston and Genesee Access for Veterans.
The Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, Inc. was awarded $150,000 for Sheen Housing 2015 AtH Veterans in Livingston, Allegany, Cayuga, Chemung, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties.
“Everyone needs a place to call home, and affordable housing can renew neighborhoods and grow the economy,” said Senator Catherine Young of the 57th Senator District. “Rehabilitating existing homes and increasing access to affordable housing, especially for our veterans, people with disabilities, and low-income families and individuals will improve quality of life opportunities. Homeownership especially is important to revitalization. It’s great news for our region.