April 23, 2016
By Dennis Phillips, Post-Journal

A $200,000 state grant will assist 10 homeowners in Chautauqua County with housing rehabilitations.

Patrick Morris, CODE Inc. executive director, said they received the grant from the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation. He said they are targeting to assist 10 homeowners for this countywide demonstration program. This is the first year CODE has received this grant, with plans to apply again in future years.

”This is a part of our housing strategy we’ve been implementing the last two years,” Morris said.

The owner-occupied rehabilitation program covers a wide range of work that will focus on making the house safe and healthier for the resident. Also, the rehabilitation work will extend the life of the house so that it doesn’t fall into a dilapidated condition. Typical work that will be done includes electrical upgrades, smoke detectors, roof, windows, foundations and building code issues.

Morris said no cosmetic rehabilitations will be done to the houses selected. The homeowners can receive up to $20,000. Income limits include family size of one up to $45,430; size of two up to $51,920; size of three up to $58,410; size of four up to $64,790; size of five up to $70,070; and size of six up to $75,240.

”We will be able to do a lot with this program, but we won’t be able to bring a dilapidated house back,” he said. ”It is a good policy to rehab a house instead of demolishing a house.”

Morris said the program will be first-come, first-served for applicants with completed forms. He said CODE will be emphasizing applicants that apply along major city corridors like North Main Street in Jamestown and Central Avenue in Dunkirk. Also, for houses that might be the only eyesore in a neighborhood.

”We will be looking for the bad house in a good neighborhood,” he said.

Applicants will need to have their taxes paid and must be insured. Applicants can contact CODE by calling 664-2044. CODE is located at 411 Winsor St., Jamestown.