Home rehab grants available to Grand Street area residents

If you own a home in the area contained within Fourth Avenue, Van Derveer Street, Second Avenue, and Park Street, in Amsterdam, NY, you may now be eligible for up to $25,000 in grant money for rehabilitation work. According to a press release from Mayor Michael Villa’s office issued yesterday, the city was recently awarded a $400,00 block grant from the NY State Office of Community Renewal.

The release states, “The program will provide grants of up to $25,000 per dwelling unit to rehabilitate income qualified owner occupied homes in the target area, and up to $12,500 per unit for owners of rental property.”

Owners of rental properties are required to match the grant funding, however owners occupying their homes are not.

According to the release, goals of the program include eliminating code violations and unsafe housing conditions, improving energy efficiency, and improving the appearance of the neighborhood.

The grant will be administered through the Amsterdam Urban Renewal Agency. Home owners can contact the agency at 518 843-5190 or email amst.ura@gmail.com.

Tim Becker

Tim Becker is the owner of Anthem Websites Inc. which publishes The Compass. He serves as both editor and a writer.