Hudson preparing to apply for a community development block grant for housing rehabilitation
Sam Raudins is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the city of Hudson is in the process of applying for a community development block grant and is looking for residents interested in participating in the program. “The intention is of course to rehabilitate homes to live in safely, not to flip it for profit,” Mayor’s Aide Michael Hofmann said. Applicants must own and occupy the home as their primary residence, according to the application. Grant funds can also be used to rehabilitate up to two rental units — provided the units remain affordable. The city must submit grant material by the end of September, and interested property owners should apply by September 20, Hofmann said. The maximum grant award is $500,000, which translates to $30,000 to $40,000 per unit being renovated, Hofmann said. Applicants must make less than approximately $54,000 for a family of three, to qualify; preference will be given to who earn $36,600 or less. If the award is granted, the city would receive the funds in 2022. The Common Council last month adopted the resolution authorizing Mayor Kamal Johnson to apply for the grant on the city’s behalf. Those interested can apply on the city’s website. Note: Johnson is a volunteer WGXC on-air programmer. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.