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Sen. Helming: Funding on the way for residents along Lake Ontario

Sen. Pam Helming (R,C,I – Canandaigua) announced that the $7 million in state funding promised by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in late-May is now available to assist homeowners impacted by flooding along Lake Ontario.

It will grant homeowners with up to $40,000 to support interior and exterior repairs to structural damage and repair or replacement of permanent fixtures.

“It has been devastating to watch residents try to protect and save their homes from this nonstop flooding. In some cases, homeowners are literally watching their properties slip into the lake. This essential funding will begin to provide much-needed financial relief to our residents and assist them when rebuilding their homes and cleaning up their properties. I’d like to thank state officials and the Governor’s office for their commitment to relief and recovery efforts,” said Helming.

The $7 million in new funding for homeowners will be provided through New York State Homes and Community Renewal and be available to eligible municipalities and not-for-profit housing organizations seeking to assist homeowners. Applications are available on the HCR website. Homeowners will ultimately apply for assistance via their municipality or appropriate not-for-profit provider.  Homeowners may contact the HCR Office directly for more information.  The telephone number is (518) 474-2057 and the email address is crinfo@nyshcr.org.

In addition to assistance for homeowners, there is also $5 million in grants available for small businesses that have experienced physical damage or loss as a result of the flooding in communities along Lake Ontario. Small businesses can apply for up to $20,000 to support the repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed real property and other tangible assets, including equipment, furniture, fixtures, supplies and inventory. This funding will be provided through Empire State Development. For more information, small businesses can call (518) 292-5340 or by emailing floodrecovery@esd.ny.gov.  

Recently, Governor Cuomo also signed legislation sponsored by Senator Helming and Assemblyman Joe Morelle to amend the Clean Water Infrastructure act of 2017 and provide $10 million in emergency financial assistance for municipalities affected by the flooding.  This funding is intended for municipal sewer infrastructure and drinking water infrastructure improvements.

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