ALBANY, NY (WENY) — With rising costs of inflation impacting housing development, Gov. Hochul proposes $1.2 million for neighborhood and rural preservation programs in the Southern Tier.
“People don’t see something when you don’t leave the big city. You don’t see the existence of rural poverty, it is real. It is real,” Hochul said.
Neighborhood and rural preservation programs provide administrative funding to support neighborhood rural preservation companies that provide local support for housing needs in communities and neighborhoods.
Neighborhood and rural preservation companies provide services including subsidy assistance, housing preservation and rehabilitation, landlord and tenant mediation, accessibility modifications, and more.
Some rural preservation companies said aging infrastructure is one of the biggest challenges for rural housing and the cost of construction and supplies is increasing creating a greater need for funding.
“The cost of repairs to homes is increasing, so the need for the increase of this funding helps offset homeowners and helps address even those that have limited income so that they can have healthy safe homes to reside in,” said Christina Doughty, Director of Home Ownership and Housing Choice Voucher at Arbor Housing & Development.
Doughty added funding can also address accessibility. She said many homes are not equipped to meet accessibility needs.