Governor Kathy Hochul today announced during a visit to Plattsburgh that $78 million in funding is now available through the Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV). The federal program administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal is now accepting applications to help eligible communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.
To date, the program has awarded more than $40 million to help communities make health and safety improvements to public facilities. Three recently approved CDBG-CV awards will allocate $2.8 million for upgrades at senior centers in the town of Somers in Westchester County, the town of Tonawanda in Erie County, and the town of Pittsford in Monroe County.
“I thank President Biden and our federal partners in helping to secure funds to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are designed to assist communities in preventing further spread of COVID-19 and protect our vulnerable neighbors,” Governor Hochul said. “Mayors, communities, and non-profits tell us your vision, tell us where you believe the vulnerabilities are greatest in your communities, wherever you think you need the extra help. These additional funds will help, and we will get through this together.”
The CDBG-CV program funds community projects that address pandemic-related health and safety issues and improve public services. This new funding round allows non-profits, in addition to municipalities, to apply for grants. Award limits have also been increased to allow more flexibility based on need demonstrated in the application. In addition, newly eligible funding activities include basement apartments, upgrades to farmworker housing, greater access to mental health services, broadband, and to address food insecurity.
Three awards announced today will benefit 10,800 older New Yorkers:
- $1,825,000 to the town of Somers in Westchester County to make changes to the senior center located in the historic Van Tassell House and purchase a 13-passenger van and a mini-cargo van for senior center use. The project focus is on improving air quality and HVAC systems, replacing sheetrock, making drainage and crawlspace improvements, abating any hazardous material, reconfiguring interior space to promote social distancing, and installing a gazebo for outdoor programming.
- $825,755 to the town of Tonawanda in Erie County to improve access and facilities at the senior center and to purchase two six-passenger vans for senior center use. Planned interior improvements include the installation of automatic faucets and hand driers in the restrooms, touchless water bottle fillers on existing water fountains, and a new generator. Exterior improvements to the facility include a new roof, reconstruction of the main entrance to make it ADA accessible, and the installation of new parking lot lighting.
- $206,299 to the town of Pittsford in Monroe County to install an outdoor pavilion at the senior center, upgrade the video conferencing system, and purchase an 11-passenger van for senior center use. The town plans to create an outdoor recreation space large enough for social distancing to continue in-person programs and services during the spring, summer, and early fall.