State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54th District, and Assemblyman Bob Oaks, R-130th District, recently hosted an informational meeting at Wallington Fire Department in Sodus to discuss the Lake Ontario Flood Recovery program.
The forum aimed to help individuals, farmers, small business owners and municipal leaders find information on state grants for flood remediation and complete applications for the funding.
Homeowners must submit their applications by Sept. 30, or Dec. 31 for business owners. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Grants may cover damages incurred from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31, and awards will be determined through the designated agencies.
“I want to thank all of the people who attended this meeting to learn more about this funding for flood remediation after this historic natural disaster along the southern shore of Lake Ontario,” Helming said. “Of course, a special thanks goes to Assemblyman Bob Oaks for his partnership in hosting this meeting, and his support of the legislation that created this great program. Now the real work begins as we help people navigate the application process to get the money they need to repair their homes, businesses and communities, and get on the road to recovery after this horrible tragedy. We hope people were able to get the answers they need to submit their applications, but they should feel free to reach out to us if they still need more assistance.”
Representatives from Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Homes and Community Renewal and Empire State Development were on-hand to answer questions from the 200 attendees, and assisted them with filling out their applications.
“It was a pleasure to work with Sen. Helming to host the informational meeting at the Wallington Fire Hall on the Lake Ontario Flood Recovery program, and bring answers to property owners who have suffered losses due to this year’s flooding,” Oaks said. “The panel of agency representatives we assembled was extremely helpful with answering questions, and numerous people were able to finalize their applications for assistance.”
For applications, visit sheenhousing.org for homeowners or esd.ny.gov for small business owners and farmers.
Those who need guidance with their applications can contact Sen. Helming’s District Office, 425 Exchange St., Geneva, at 315-568-9816 or helming@nysenate.gov. Assemblyman Oaks’ Office, 10 Leach Road, Lyons, can be reached at 315-946-14489 or oaksr@nyassembly.gov.