Snow Belt seeking Lewis residents interested in first-time homebuyer assistance

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LOWVILLE — Snow Belt Housing Co. is seeking more residents interested in first-time homebuyer assistance, as it plans to soon apply for more state funding to continue the program.

Snow Belt Executive Director Cheryl L. Shenkle-O’Neill on Tuesday told Lewis County legislators her agency is currently administering the program through $324,800 in Community Development Block Grant funding that was awarded in 2015. Five projects have already been completed, a couple more are pending and some funding remains available until Dec. 1, she said.

Legislators approved the submission of more grant funding through the CDBG program to continue offering assistance for low- and moderate-income households to purchase their first single-family homes. The application is due Sept. 22.

Ms. Shenkle-O’Neill said her agency will likely seek an additional $300,000 or so in state funding, enough to help eight or nine more families, but could request more if there is enough demand from county residents.

The program would provide first-time purchasers with a grant of up to $35,000 for down payment, closing costs and minor repairs. The home must be an existing stick-built or modular single-family home and may be anywhere in Lewis County.

Income limits are up to 80 percent of the county median, or $45,000 for a family of three.

Anyone interested in getting on a waiting list to receive assistance is asked to call Snow Belt at 315-376-2639, Ext. 1, for a pre-application.

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