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Homes and Community Renewal

Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence Seaway Flood Recovery

Providing Relief to the Residents of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River

New York’s Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River communities are experiencing some of the highest water levels in history. Many homeowners and businesses along the coastline are threatened by high winds and storm surges that are causing devastation. As the current extreme water levels are expected to continue through the summer, Governor Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency for the following counties: Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne.

At the Governor’s direction, members of the National Guard have been deployed to the region to assist residents. The state has also delivered over one million sandbags to the area, as well as equipment from across New York, including pumps, generators, boats and light towers.

In June, Governor Cuomo and the Legislature reached an agreement to provide $45 million in relief for communities impacted by flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River—building on the $22 million in relief the state made available in May. This legislation provides vital assistance to homeowners, small businesses, farms, not-for-profit organizations, homeowners associations, and local governments that have suffered direct physical damage as a result of the flooding. The legislation also provides up to $10 million in assistance for certain counties impacted by past extreme weather events. In October, the Governor announced that all eligible applicants will receive relief.

 

$15 Million Available for Homeowners Impacted by Flooding

The deadline for homeowner applications was September 29, 2017. Homeowners wishing to appeal a determination regarding eligibility should e-mail LakeOntario@nyshcr.org.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal has made available up to $15 million in state funding for homeowners along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River in the aftermath of the extreme weather and severe flooding in the region. The new investment program provides up to $50,000 for homeowners to support repairs to and restoration of structures, equipment, and other physical damage.

Program Administration:

For Homeowners:

The homeowner recovery program is being administered by local not-for-profit housing organizations. Those organizations are listed below, along with their contact information and the areas they serve.

Cayuga, Monroe and Wayne Counties 
Sheen Housing
https://sheenhousing.org/
sheen2@rochester.rr.com
585-657-4114

Niagara County
Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.
http://nfnhs.org/lake-ontario-flood-recovery/
nfnhs@nfnhs.org    
716-285-7778

Orleans County
Pathstone
http://www.thehousingcouncil.org/
FloodRelief@pathstone.org
585-546-3700

Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties
Neighbors Of Watertown, Inc.
http://www.neighborsofwatertown.com/
Floodinfo@neighborsofwatertown.com
315-782-8497

Homeowners wishing to appeal a determination regarding eligibility should contact the HCR Office of Community Renewal at LakeOntario@nyshcr.org or 518-474-2057 or by visiting the below office locations during regular business hours:

Homes and Community Renewal Syracuse Office
620 West Erie Blvd.
Suite 312
Syracuse, NY 13204

Homes and Community Renewal Buffalo Office
Electric Tower
Suite 105
535 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

 

$15 Million for Small Businesses, Farms, Not-for-Profits, and Others Impacted by Lake Ontario Flooding

The DEADLINE for Small Businesses, Farms, Not-for-Profits, and Others applications is: 5PM FRIDAY, December 29th

Empire State Development has made available up to $15 million in grants for small businesses, farms, homeowners associations, owners of multiple dwellings, and not-for-profit organizations that sustained direct physical damage related to the flooding. The new investment provides up to $50,000 to small businesses, not for profit organizations, farms and homeowner associations and up to $20,000 to owners of multiple dwellings that sustained direct damage from the floods.

For more information about eligibility and program parameters, read Lake Ontario Small Business Recovery Fund Program Guidelines.

Small business owners and other eligible property owners should contact Empire State Development with questions by emailing LakeOntario@esd.ny.gov, calling (518) 292-5348, or visiting the below Empire State Development office locations during regular business hours:

Empire State Development Watertown Office
Dulles State Office Building
Watertown, NY13601

Empire State Development Central NY Office
620 Erie Boulevard West, Suite 112
Syracuse, New York 13204

Empire State Development Finger Lakes Office
400 Andrews St, Suite 300
Rochester NY 14604

Empire State Development Western NY Office
95 Perry Street, Suite 500
Buffalo, NY 14203

Empire State Development Niagara Falls Office
222 First Street, 7th Floor
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

For more information about eligibility and program parameters, read Lake Ontario Small Business Recovery Fund Program Guidelines.

TO APPLY:

The application deadline is December 29, 2017, at 5pm.
Please click the button below to apply for assistance. 

 

$15 Million to Repair Roads, Floodwalls and Public Water Infrastructure

The DEADLINE for Infrastructure applications is: 5PM FRIDAY, December 29th

New York State Homes and Community Renewal has made available up to $15 million in funding to assist eligible local municipalities ​​with recovery and future flood mitigation efforts, including repairs to flood walls, roads, sidewalks, and culverts, as well as public water and sewer infrastructure. 

Eligible municipalities should contact the HCR Office of Community Renewal with questions at LakeOntario@nyshcr.org or calling 518-474-2057, or visiting the below office locations during regular business hours:

Homes and Community Renewal Syracuse Office
620 West Erie Blvd.
Suite 312
Syracuse, NY 13204

Homes and Community Renewal Buffalo Office
Electric Tower
Suite 105
535 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

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TO APPLY:

The application deadline is December 29, 2017, at 5pm.
Please click the button below to apply for assistance. 

Providing Assistance to Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Communities