JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Jamestown’s Senior Citizen Home Improvement Incentive Program has come to a close, showing a large number of applicants, more than what anyone had anticipated.
The program was aimed at helping the elderly population in Jamestown, who were eligible for home repairs.
The city had received 296 applicants for the program in total.
Originally allocated $500,000 dollars to use for the program, of the 296 applicants, the current amount totals $1,791,000 dollars.
“Of that number 296, 27 of them are aged exemption, which means they are below $22,000,“ explained Mayor Eddie Sundquist. “269 are an Enhanced STAR, so they meet the age threshold under $92,000. Of those applications, the 296, 13 had applied for the Roofing Program and will most likely get the roofing program, so we may pull them out of this program. And we have from that list , that 296, 32 disabled seniors, and 46 indicated they had chronic illness, difficulty moving.”
Currently there is only enough funding to cover the aged exemption applicants, and those with dire needs.
Mayor Sundquist along with the Mayor’s Office may have to ask the city council for additional funding to help finance all of the applications they have received.