Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council
Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehab Program
Town of Kortright Project # 605HR303-23
Grants will be awarded for housing rehabilitation only for sole and primary, owner-occupied residences in the Town of Kortright.
Manufactured Homes are not eligible for this grant funding.
HOUSEHOLD SIZE AND HOUSEHOLD INCOME
- All persons living in the home, related or unrelated, will be considered part of the household.
- All income earned by members over 18 years old in the household will be considered household income. We use Federal adjusted gross income.
- Owner occupants whose income is at or below 80% of the Delaware County Median Income as adjusted for household size are eligible to apply. Complete applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.
The application must include copies of all the information requested below. WCCRC staff will not make copies for you, and we cannot return originals. Only complete applications including attachments will be accepted during an intake meeting. Please call 607-652-2823 ex 107 to set up an appointment before coming into the office.
Information needed with application:
- Copy of deed; be certain that the book and page number where deed is filed, and the property description is on the deed.
- Copy of last year’s town (and village, if appropriate) and school tax paid receipts signed by the clerk; with the section, block and lot numbers identified. Tax plans are accepted and must be current.
- If applicable, copy of municipal water / sewer bills, showing that payment is current.
- Copy of Federal Income Taxes (2 years)
- Copy of W2 and 1099 forms (2 years)
- Copies of most recent 1 month worth of current pay stubs
- Other proof of income (social security, disability, pension, etc.)
- Two months’ bank statements all pages including blank ones
- Copy of current Homeowner’s Insurance (declaration page, indicating effective dates).
- If you have a mortgage or equity line, a completed Mortgage Verification Form.
The types of work that can be done with this funding include:
Priority One Items: Health and Safety Improvements (not listed in order of importance):
- HUD Section 8 Standards – all work items necessary to bring the building into compliance with HUD Section 8 Housing Quality Standards.
- Codes – work items required to comply with New York State Uniform Fire Prevention Code, New York State Building Code and local codes.
- Roof – repair or replacement (if life expectancy is less than 3 years).
- Plumbing Systems -work needed to comply with the New York State Uniform Fire Protection and Building Code.
- Electrical Wiring -work necessary to comply with Section 8 Existing Housing Quality Standards.
- Heating Systems – installation or upgrading of heating systems to maintain an interior temperature of at least 68 F.
- Structural – repair or replacement of any structural defects, such as settling of porches, foundations, rotted support columns, rotted subflooring, masonry, etc.
- Lead Paint – reduction of lead-based paint hazards.
- Windows – replacement or repair of broken sash or panes.
- Doors – replacement or repair of damaged primary doors.
- Stairwells and Platforms – any work necessary to ensure that they are safe.
Priority Two Items: Energy Related Improvements (not listed in order of importance):
- Windows – repair or installation of storm or insulated glass windows.
- Doors – repair or installation of storm or more energy efficient doors.
- Insulation – installation of ceiling, wall, floor, and foundation insulation with proper ventilation.
- Caulking and Weather Stripping – repair or installation of caulking and weather stripping materials.
- Water Heater Insulation – repair or installation of water heater insulation.
Priority Three Items: Other Necessary Improvements (not listed in order of importance):
- Exterior Protection – painting or covering of exterior surfaces, except that existing wood siding shall not be covered, unless no feasible alternative exists.
- Wood Surfaces – repair of any damaged or deteriorated wood surfaces.
- Interior Walls and Ceilings -repair or covering of interior walls and ceilings.
- Floor – covering of floors.
When you have filled out the application and have copies of the required information:
- Call WCCRC’s Program Staff to make an appointment so that staff can review the application with you for completeness. If the application is incomplete, we will return it to you. When the application has been deemed complete, and preliminary eligibility has been determined, you will be directed to the WCCRC Financial & Housing Counselor.
- Set up a mandatory appointment with the WCCRC Financial & Housing Counselor to review your financial situation and ensure that you can continue to maintain the dwelling, if approved.
- WCCRC’s Project Manager will set up an appointment with you to arrange a site visit and inspection.
- Once all eligibility requirements are met, you will receive a letter of determination. If approved, the housing rehabilitation project will move forward.
- WCCRC will prepare a Work Write-Up that includes the scope of work to be bid on by WCCRC’s certified contractors. The homeowner will be required to review and sign off on the approved scope of work prior to a contractor walk through and bid opening. Homeowners who are contractors are not permitted to do work on their homes.
- A contractor walk through will be coordinated and conducted by WCCRC at the residence. All contractors are required to return sealed bids to WCCRC. Once we have received the bids, a date will be set for a bid opening with the homeowner and contractor. It is mandatory that the homeowners attend this bid opening. WCCRC will prepare the paperwork for the grant award and the construction contract(s) which must be signed by all parties and notarized with identification.
- The homeowner may select a higher bidder but will be required to pay the difference between the lowest bid and the higher bid.
- The contractor can then proceed with the work within the time frames indicated.
- Please note: There will be a lien placed on your home after the work is completed. The lien will be in effect for five (5) years. The amount of the lien will be equal to the amount of the grant. Within one year of the receipt of the grant, if the house is sold or vacated for any reason, 100% of the grant will be recaptured. The recapture amount will decrease by 20% each year afterwards on the lien. When the lien is up, WCCRC will issue the paperwork for the lien release and send it to the homeowner. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to file that paperwork with the County Clerk.
- You will be required to make several trips to the WCCRC office in Stamford during the program. Your signature will be needed on a grant agreement, construction contract(s), several checks, forms and paperwork during the course of the project. You must call ahead to schedule an appointment.
- You will need to be familiar with all phases of the work being done at your home. This is your project and your contract with the contractor. You will be responsible for monitoring the work along with WCCRC. If there is anything that you are not satisfied with, you need to make the contractor and WCCRC aware of it immediately––do not wait until the job is finished when it is too late to correct the problem.
- Change orders must be pre-approved by WCCRC and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Change orders will only be considered for Priority 1 & 2 items. Any un-approved change orders will not be reimbursed with grant funds. A final inspection will be done on your home by the WCCRC Program Staff.
- You will be required to sign a Property Maintenance Declaration (PMD) that will be notarized and filed with the County Clerk’s Office and commit to a five-year maintenance term. The PMD states that during the maintenance term you will maintain the property in good operating order and condition; not sell, move, demolish, or materially alter the property without the prior written consent of WCCRC.
- You will be required to re-certify annually for the length of the lien term (five years after date of final inspection). Re-certification is in the form of a letter attesting that you continue to occupy the home as your primary residence and that the home is being maintained in good condition. If the signed letter is not returned in a timely fashion, you will receive a Non-Compliance Warning and the lien will be frozen.
- Title 18, Section 1001 of the U.S. Code states that a person is guilty of a felony for knowingly and willingly making false or fraudulent statements to any department of the United States Government.
When you have your application filled out and copies of all the required documents, call to make an appointment.
(607) 652-2823 ex.107
Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council, Inc.
125 Main Street, Suite A
Stamford, NY 1216