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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 currently 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 into 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 new legislation will provide 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.

 

$15 Million Available for Homeowners Impacted by Flooding

New York State Homes and Community Renewal will make 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 will provide up to $50,000 for homeowners to support repairs to and restoration of structures, equipment, and other physical damage.

TO APPLY:

For Homeowners:

The program will be administered through not-for profit housing organizations seeking to help homeowners affected by the flooding. Homeowners seeking assistance are encouraged to contact the not-for-profit organizations that have already expressed interest in serving as program participants to determine eligibility and ask questions about the program. 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

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

Homeowners may also contact the HCR Office of Community Renewal to express interest by contacting 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

For Municipalities and Not-for-Profit Organizations:

 

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

Empire State Development will make 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.

Small business owners are encouraged to contact Empire State Development with questions at LakeOntario@esd.ny.gov or 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:

 

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

New York State Homes and Community Renewal will make available up to $15 million in state 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 are encouraged to 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:

Providing Assistance to Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Communities