LOUISVILLE - Residents in the town of Louisville interested in using grant money to rehabilitate their homes are being encouraged to place themselves on a waiting list in case the town is able to secure a grant through the New York State Community Development Block Grant program.
John Tenbusch, who works as a planner in the St. Lawrence County Planning Office, was in attendance at Wednesday night’s town board. He said in order for the town to have a good chance at obtaining the grant a waiting list of between 40 and 50 residents is needed.
“I need 40 to 50 houses on that waiting list,” he said. “That will give me between 25 and 30 good viable candidates for housing rehab.”
Mr. Tenbusch said the key word in all of this is resident and not property owner.
“Renters can apply too,” he said.
Although the grants are intended for low- to moderate-income residents, Mr. Tenbusch said he would encourage anyone in the town to place themselves on the waiting list.
In the case of people who may own rental proprieties, the income of the home or building’s residents is considered, rather than the income of the property’s owner.
“We will use this money in Louisville to benefit low- to moderate-income people living in substandard housing,” Mr. Tenbusch said.
Town Supervisor Larry R. Legault said should the town receive the grant it would benefit the residents of those homes as well as provide work for contractors in the area.
“If successful, this housing rehab program will help those with the lowest incomes, who live in the worst housing conditions or who have special needs,” he said. “We also expect that this rehab program will employ some residents of the town as rehab contractors, carpenters, electricians, roofers and more.”
Interested residents are asked to call the town office at 764-7473. To get placed on the waiting list, all one has to do is leave their name, phone number and address.
Mr. Tenbusch also distributed brochures promoting the program to town board members to distribute and display around town.
“You know where people in Louisville go,” he said. “If you could hand it out to as many people as possible to let people know we want to put together a waiting list, we’ll be ready to go when the notice comes.”
Mr. Tenbusch said the notice of funding availability may come as early as next month, so it’s important for people to act now.
“Let’s get started now and if the NOFA (notice of funding availability) comes in April we’ll be ready to go and if not when it does come we’ll be ready.”
“We need as many people as possible from the town of Louisville to sign up for the waiting list,” Mr. Legault said. “A strong waiting list will make a strong application. This housing rehab program could really help you or help your neighbor.”
Mr. Tenbusch also encouraged contractors living and working in the Louisville area to contact the planning office at 379-2292.
“We want this housing rehabilitation project to benefit area contractors and businesses in the area, as well as residents living in the housing units we’ll assist,” he said. “Compiling a list of potential contractors now will help us get off to a quick start if the grant is funded.”