UTICA, N.Y. -- The City of Utica is using pandemic relief funding from the Amerian Rescue Plan to put back into the community through the Utica Prosperity Initiative, announcing a $2 million investment into a residential rehabilitation program Monday as part of the effort.
The city is partnering with the HomeOwnershipCenter to launch the program, which will provide money to homeowners and landlords to make exterior improvements to their properties.
“Residential rehabilitation is vital to community development and has ancillary benefits. When a resident improves the condition of their home, it improves the entire block and neighborhood,” said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri. “We want to do everything possible to encourage home improvements, and I commend the HomeOwnershipCenter for helping to develop this important program.”
The $2 million in funding will cover up to $25,000 in rehabilitation costs for eligible homes in financially distressed districts that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Palmieri.
Exterior repairs that could be covered through the rehab program include roofing repairs, window replacements, new doors, water line replacements, siding improvements, home heating system updates, porch repairs and garage repairs.
Eligible homes must be within Utica, up to date on tax payments, have no active code cases and be within a qualified U.S. Census tract or 60% or below area median income levels.
For more information on eligibility and how to apply, click here.
Homeowners can also get more information by calling the HomeOwnershipCenter at 315-724-4197.