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Sherman Receives Housing Rehabilitation Money

Sherman officials have been pursuing funds for several improvement projects in the village, and have just received notice of nearly $500,000 for housing rehabilitation.

SHERMAN — The village of Sherman received notification on June 15 by New York State Homes and Community Renewal that it was awarded a Community Development Block Grant of $488, 250 for housing rehabilitation.

The Sherman Village Board were told at their regular meeting on June 14 that award announcements were immenent, and, according to Mayor Colleen Meeder, “It was the consensus that if we were not awarded this 2020 cycle, we would apply again next year.”

Meeder said it was known that the 2020 cycle was a challenging one.

“We knew this would be a very competitive grant cycle, many communities share similar needs,” she said.

Upon receiving the news that the village was awarded the grant, board members were very excited, Meeder said, “The trustees were ecstatic and we are very grateful to assist residents in a way that will directly impact their most critical needs, such as replacing leaky roofs, bad foundations, furnaces, windows, and the like,” she said.

Meeder said the grant will be used to rehabilitate eight or nine eligible households in the village. The program will largely be administered by the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation, which will reach out to those who initially applied to further verify income eligibility and maintenance needs, she said.

Meeder noted that it may not be visible to the public that $40,000 to $60,000 in improvements have been made to a single dwelling. Nevertheless, of the grants received by the village, the most recent one will most directly impact the lives of the residents by giving assistance for the most basic and critical of needs, she said.

“It maintains the health and safety of our residential community, preventing futue blight and demolition,” she said. “This will affect the face of Sherman in ways beyond brick and mortar, and aesthetic facades.”

This is the third 2020 Community Development Block Grant that the village has received, Meeder said. For this project, the village received 25 applications from residents, of which CHRIC will select eight or nine to receive money, following scored criteria that includes rehabilitation needs, income eligibility, as well as ADA and VA status.

Meeder said that applicants who are not selected should apply again

“The village is encouraging people to apply, and though eight or so may be assisted in this cycle, the village intends to work with CHRIC on additional rounds to assist everyone eligible in time,” Meeder said.

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