State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54th Dist., recently announced $7 million in state funding is available to assist homeowners impacted by flooding along Lake Ontario.
An additional $40,000 is available to support interior and exterior repairs to structural damage and repair or replacement of permanent fixtures.
“It has been devastating to watch residents try to protect and save their homes from this nonstop flooding; in some cases, homeowners are literally watching their properties slip into the lake,” Helming said. “This essential funding will begin to provide much-needed financial relief to our residents and assist them when rebuilding their homes and cleaning up their properties. I’d like to thank state officials and the governor’s office for their commitment to relief and recovery efforts.”
The $7 million in new funding for homeowners will be provided through New York State Homes and Community Renewal. It will be available to eligible municipalities and nonprofit housing organizations seeking to assist homeowners. Applications are available on the HCR website.
Homeowners will ultimately apply for assistance via their municipality or appropriate nonprofit provider. Homeowners may contact the HCR Office directly for more information.
To contact HCR, call 518-474-2057, email crinfo@nyshcr.org or visit nyshcr.org.
In addition to assistance for homeowners, $5 million in grants are available for small businesses that have experienced physical damage or loss as a result of the flooding in communities along Lake Ontario. Small businesses can apply for up to $20,000 to support the repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed real property and other tangible assets, including equipment, furniture, fixtures, supplies and inventory. This funding will be provided through Empire State Development.
For information, call 518-292-5340 or email floodrecovery@esd.ny.gov.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation sponsored by Helming and Assemblyman Joe Morelle, D-136th Dist., to amend the Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 and provide $10 million in emergency financial assistance for municipalities affected by the flooding. This funding is intended for municipal sewer infrastructure and drinking water infrastructure improvements.