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Governor Cuomo Announces $20 Million Available to Build Affordable Housing in Areas Damaged By Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $20 million is available for the construction of new affordable housing units damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee.

“These communities have witnessed first-hand the damage caused by extreme weather and we must ensure we build back stronger to adjust to this new normal,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will help ensure that affordable housing in these areas is safer and more resilient against whatever Mother Nature throws our way.”

Qualified housing developers are invited to submit proposals for properties to be developed in the following eligible counties: Albany, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Nassau, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washing and Westchester.

Funding will come from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, out of its $4.4 billion federal allotment from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program, and overseen through the Homes and Community Renewal's Small Project Affordable Rental Construction program. The funding will be administered by the Community Preservation Corporation, a leading not-for-profit affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization organization.

“Our mandate from Governor Andrew Cuomo is to create and preserve affordable housing opportunities and revitalize communities Statewide,” said Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner and CEO James S. Rubin. “This is especially true in areas where people’s lives were upended by the ferocity of those three severe storms. Our collaborative effort with Community Preservation Corporation will enhance the quality of life of storm-affected people in low-density areas, not usually reached in typical housing programs. In addition to the economic benefit construction brings to a community, New Yorkers of modest means will have a secure and well-built place to call home.”

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