Otsego County was recently awarded a Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to rehabilitate mobile homes owned and occupied by low and moderate income individuals and families. This is the first time a CDBG grant has been given exclusively to rehabilitate mobile homes.
The County’s recognition of how important and widespread manufactured housing has become as a means of affordable home ownership led to its persistence over the past four years in applying for this housing rehabilitation funding. Two main objectives were spelled out in the application: 1) to ensure the long-term viability of existing mobile homes as permanent and affordable housing, and 2) to provide accessibility modifications for disabled individuals and to help household members aging in place. In addition to general renovation and accessibility modifications, improvements will be made to maximize energy efficiency.
Eligibility criteria includes but in not limited to the following:
- Gross income cannot exceed 80% of the established median for Otsego County
- Mobile Home and property must be owned and occupied by the homeowner applicant.
- All taxes must be current
- Property must be covered by home-owners insurance
- Mobile homes with questionable sanitary and safe conditions for program staff and contractors to enter, will not be eligible unless conditions are made suitable
- Mobile Homes with structural problems that are excessive beyond program spending limits will not be eligible for this program; but will be considered for future mobile home replacement application
A large number of requests for this rehabilitation opportunity are expected. Owners who participated in surveys used to plan the proposal will be contacted directly. Other interested parties should contact the project manager Otsego Rural Housing Assistance (ORHA) at 607-286-7244. Initial calls will be received only for basic contact information. Follow up calls will be placed to qualifying households for more details. Work is not expected to begin until spring and will progress according to priorities set forth in the project description. Disability-related modifications and aging-in-place improvements receive first priority. All funds are to be spent over a two year contract term.
Contractors interested in participating as a vendor will need to be certified to work on manufactured home under the New York State Manufactured Homes Program. Further details on how to obtain certification can be found at the New York State Housing Association’s 2014 certification training: http://nyhousing.org/Content/pdfs/2014CertificationCourseRegistration.pdf, or by calling 518-867-3242.
If Interested, Please contact ORHA at the following number during regular business hours
M-F: 9 am – 4 pm
Otsego Rural Housing Assistance - 607-286-7244