Chemung County Currently has 1 program available:
1. The NYS-AHC Program
What is the NYS-AHC Program?
The New York State Affordable Housing Corporation is a home improvement project funded in part through the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation. It is intended to provide partial grant assistance to property owners in Chemung, Steuben and Schuyler Counties.
What are the eligibility factors?
- Eligible properties must be located in Chemung (excluding the City of Elmira), Steuben or Schuyler Counties and must be owner-occupied by the applicant for one year prior to the application date. Homes purchased on land-contracts are not eligible, due to program regulations
- Proof of ownership must be on file at the County Clerk’s office and the homeowner must provide CPI with a copy of the deed showing a land description and filing date.
- All property and school taxes must be paid up-to-date and you must provide CPI with a copy of the paid stamped receipt of payment for the last two years, for all taxes.
- Applicants must have a Homeowners Insurance policy that includes Fire Insurance and agree to keep the policy for the lien term. You must provide CPI with a copy of your Insurance policy.
- As a program regulation, you must agree to sign a Lien Agreement (Note & Mortgage) in favor of the NYS-AHC for the deferred loan portion of the rehabilitation work completed at your property. If you sell the property within the specified time frame, the balance of the deferred loan becomes due and payable in full.
- Applicants must meet the current Income Limits provided by the NYS Affordable Housing Corporation
Your total combined GROSS income for all income bearing members in the household, over the age of 18, must be less than the dollar amount specified above.
Who will determine the work that is needed?
On the application, list the repairs that you would like done to your home. The NYS-AHC will award partial grant assistance for necessary home repairs. Cosmetics will not be permitted; these include siding, painting or driveways and/or work to detached garages/carports that do not carry the same roofline as your dwelling. Program goals are to eliminate threats to health and safety and will be made a priority.
What type of rehabilitation work is permitted?
Rehabilitation activities can include, but are not limited to the following:
- Structural Problems - repair or replacement of defective foundations, roof systems, floor systems, exterior wall systems, and load bearing partitions or columns.
- Roofing - replacement of defective roofs.
- Electrical System - repair or replacement of faulty or hazardous components.
- Heating System - repair or replacement of heating systems or chimneys to eliminate unsafe conditions.
- Plumbing System - repair or replacement of faulty water lines, drain lines, faucets, fixtures, water pumps or water heaters.
- Windows and Doors - repair or replacement or inoperable, energy inefficient or otherwise defective windows and doors. Insulation.
- Access Problems - repair or replacement of defective steps and porches. Installation of handicapped ramps and/or bathroom accessibility.
- Smoke Alarms/Carbon Monoxide Detectors - installation of smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors as necessary.
It should be emphasized that not all housing deficiencies may be corrected. It is CPI’s priority however to eliminate all serious threats to health and safety with the funds that are available at the time of your acceptance.
Who will do the work?
CPI has a list of program eligible contractors for you to choose from. A minimum of three bids is preferred for your project(s). If you decide to solicit a bid(s) from a contractor(s) not on CPI’s list, it will be permitted. However, if that contractor submits the lowest bid and is awarded the contract, you will be responsible for submitting the Contractor’s Certificate of Insurance, naming you as the certificate holder.
All contractors must possess a minimum of $500,000 liability coverage and carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance, even if the contractor is a self-employed contractor (this is a requirement of CPI’s Insurance Company).
Assistance to be provided will be based on the lowest responsible bid received. If the property owner does not wish to hire the lowest responsible bidder, he/she may select another contractor, but must pay the difference in cost.
Type of assistance available:
Owner-occupants with a household income within the applicable limits for their household size will be eligible for deferred loan assistance. Assistance will be based on need and date of application. Maximum assistance will be up to $25,500 per structure on a $45,000 project, as long as the homeowner has the other matching 40% to support this grant amount.
Assistance will be provided as a partial Grant. Eligible homeowner’s will be awarded 60% of the total cost of the home repair, not to exceed $25,500. The homeowner’s 40% of the total project cost is required at the time of the contract signing. There is a processing fee associated with this grant. At the contract signing a Notice to Proceed will be issued to begin work, along with the NYS-AHC Contract and the Note & Mortgage.
NO work will begin until CPI receives the homeowner’s 40% portion, a contract is signed between the homeowner and the contractor and a Notice to Proceed is issued.
A Note & Mortgage will be filed with the County Clerk once the total project has been completed and the homeowner, contractor and CPI representative have signed a Certificate of Completion.
The NYS-AHC Program will not reimburse any property owner for work completed prior to the approval of the application for assistance, and will not pay for any work not under contract through the program.
What does the entire rehabiliation process involve?
Once an application has been submitted and proper documentation provided to CPI by the homeowner, the procedure outlined below will be followed:
- Homeowner fills out application and sends in all copies of required documentation.
- Once a homeowner is determined eligible, they will be contacted for acceptance into the program.
- Homeowner is responsible to solicit 3 bids from local, eligible contractors of for repairs and return those bids to CPI. CPI supplies a list of Contactors, but homeowner may choose a contractor of their choice, as long as they supply a Certificate of Liability and Workers Comp Insurance that meets NYS-AHC regulations.
- CPI reviews bids and notifies homeowner of lowest bid price. If you choose to go with a contractor that did not supply the lowest bid, the homeowner will be responsible for the difference in price.
- A contract signing will be scheduled with the homeowner, contractor and CPI and will be held at the CPI office.
- The pre determined 40% out-of-pocket expense of the homeowner will be due at the contract signing. Please make certified checks or money orders payable to Community Progress Inc.
- A Notice to Proceed and Note and Mortgage will be issued at the Contract Signing, along with all other financial paperwork.
- Project is completed and a final inspection will be scheduled between the contractor, homeowner and the Housing Rehab Consultant to issue a Certificate of Completion.
- Note and Mortgage will be filed at the County Clerk’s office.
- Project monitoring will continue for the lien term.
All work must be completed within 30 days from the start date listed on the Notice to Proceed. Contractors are expected to be on-site the entire time and not to engage in other outside projects. If weather becomes an issue, the contractor must notify the homeowner that they are unable to work at that time, but are expected to return to the worksite as soon as the conditions improve.
What about changes to the project?
If, during the course of the rehabilitation work, an unexpected problem occurs or is discovered that requires a change in the contract, the contractor and/or owner must immediately contact CPI to verify the condition.
In some cases, formal change orders can be issued changing the scope of work, which will also add an additional cost to the homeowner. This will be due and payable prior to the onset of the additional work. At no time should work be added, changed or deleted from the agreed upon contract without approval from CPI and a change order completed and approved. Homeowners are not permitted to request additional work from contractors once the work begins!
Is the rehabilitation guaranteed?
Yes, upon completion of rehabilitation work, the contractor will supply to CPI and the property owner a two (2) year guarantee that all work will be free of defects arising from the workmanship of the contractor or sub-contractor. Contractor will supply copies of written warranties or guarantees from suppliers and manufacturers.
What after rehab?
Because the rehabilitation process has many checks and balances and inspections, problems after rehabilitation should be minimal. It is always possible, however, that something could go wrong or be discovered after rehabilitation work has been completed and all funds expended. If this occurs, property owners should contact their contractor. Do not contact CPI, as the contract is between the homeowner and contractor. CPI is a pass-through agency for deferred loans only and does not carry responsibility within contract obligations between homeowner and contractor.
(Used to determine eligibilty for CPI sponsored programs)
Any questions...please contact CPI staff at (607) 962-3506
Community Progress, Inc.
147 East Second Street
Corning, NY 14830