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Governor Cuomo Announces $22.6 Million to Improve 1,166 Homes and Expand Homeownership Opportunities

December 17, 2015 - Announcement Made at Rochester Housing, Community and Faith-Based Development Conference to Encourage More Housing, Increase Access to Services, and Revitalize Neighborhoods Throughout the Finger Lakes

Governor Cuomo announced $22.6 million in grants awarded to not-for-profit organizations and municipalities throughout the state to rehabilitate, repair and improve 1,166 homes and provide new opportunities for homeownership. The announcement was made during New York State’s Rochester Housing, Community and Faith-Based Development Conference. The conference is one of a series of meetings and workshops designed to bring state agency expertise and resources directly to regions, assist local grassroots and development partners in creating affordable housing, delivering social services, and reviving downtown communities.

“The state is committing nearly $23 million to improve homes and make New York a better place to live, especially for some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Governor Cuomo. “New York State wants to help build stronger, more vibrant communities from the ground up, and I am proud to be partnering with local governments, community leaders and the nonprofit sector to make it happen.”

In keeping with Governor Cuomo's commitment to improving affordable housing opportunities and revitalizing neighborhoods, today’s awards provide resources to repair and improve homes belonging to the elderly, Veterans, Medicaid recipients, people with disabilities, and low-income families and individuals. In addition, funds will assist homebuyers with down payment or closing costs, as well as acquiring and rehabilitating vacant homes. The funds are provided through a variety of programs administered by New York State Home and Community Renewal. More information is available at

Today’s conference, held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, was co-hosted by HCR, the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based Community Development Services and the Governor’s Nonprofit Coordination Unit. Representatives from various state agencies, including the Office of Mental Health, Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, Department of Health, and Empire State Development were also in attendance.

Non-state representatives included housing developers, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations, and together the group focused on a variety of issues that included the application process for housing development opportunities, solutions for zombie properties, adaptive reuse, ways to expand community services and resources, and ways to increase overall homeownership.


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Event Photos

Commissioner Jamie Rubin makes opening remarks

HCR's Chris Leo and Sean Fitzgerald, NYS Parks & Recreation's Mindy Scott & Empire State Development's Vincent Esposito

(Left to right) Scott Benjamin - Charles Settlement House, Ryan Brandt - RCG, Melissa Barnes - RCG, Roger Brandt - RCG, Anne DaSilva - City of Rochester, Commissioner Jamie Rubin - HCR, Commissioner Samuel Roberts - OTDA, Michael Spaan - Atlas Builders, Baye Muhammad - City of Rochester, Betsy Mallow - HCR, Lenny Skrill - HCR, Dan Peters - HCR

HCR's Chris Leo talks downtown revitalization with partners in Rochester

Commish Rubin in closing: "As we look forward we look forward to doing more"