Access to Home for Veterans Program
Grants to New York Nonprofits and Local Governments
to Modify Homes of Veterans with Disabilities
to Modify Homes of Veterans with Disabilities
New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) - Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) - Office of Community Renewal (OCR)
09/13/17 4:00 PM EST
Grants starting at $75,000 to New York nonprofit organizations and local governments to assist veterans with disabilities in making home modifications. Nonprofit applicants must prequalify in the grants system prior to applying. Programs must address the needs of veterans who lack the financial means to cover home modifications required for their safety and comfort.
The NYS Access to Home for Veterans Program provides financial assistance to make residential units accessible for low- and moderate-income veterans with disabilities. Providing assistance with the cost of adapting homes to meet the needs of those with disabilities will enable veterans to continue to safely and comfortably live in their residences and avoid institutional care. The eligible unit must be the primary residence of the veteran with a disability.
Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate a need for an accessibility modification program in the proposed service areas and to applicants who demonstrate that they have the organizational capacity and resources to complete the proposed program in a timely, efficient and effective manner.
Furthermore, as New York State and NYS Homes and Community Renewal continue to focus on the needs of communities recovering from the effects of natural disasters. On May 2, 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo made a disaster declaration for Counties impacted by flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Municipalities in the Counties that are in the declaration area, Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne may receive priority for applications for housing rehabilitation assistance that are submitted that directly support flood recovery efforts for homeowners. Applicants must demonstrate existing need as a direct result of the storms, and a lack of other Federal, State or other disaster recovery resources in order to receive preference in this category. Applicants will still need to demonstrate the required organizational capacity and resources to complete the proposed program in a timely, efficient, and effective manner.
Eligible improvements include accessibility modifications to units especially when such modifications would allow a disabled veteran to remain in, or return to, the unit, rather than being institutionalized.
Rehabilitation costs are limited to the actual and necessary cost of accessibility improvements such as ramps, lifts, handrails, grab bars, relocation costs, testing for environmental, health and safety purposes and related soft costs.
For 2017, the following will apply for the Access to Home for Veterans Program:
-The amount requested per application, per program, may not be less than $75,000 and may not exceed $300,000 for single-entity applicants.
-The amount requested per application, per program, may not be less than $75,000 and may not exceed $500,000 for joint applications consisting of two or more entities, including subsidiaries and partnerships. Joint applications should be for multiple counties or municipalities.
-Rehabilitation assistance is limited to a maximum of $25,000 per unit.
Awardees will be allowed a maximum of twenty-four (24) months from contract execution to fully expend all Access to Home for Veterans Program funding.
All Access to Home for Veterans applications are reviewed according to eligibility criteria summarized below. Applications that fail to meet all of the required criteria will not be reviewed further.
Access to Home for Veterans eligibility criteria:
-Eligible applicants for the Access to Home for Veterans Program are units of local government and organizations incorporated under the New York State Not-For- Profit Corporation Law, that have been providing relevant service to the community for at least one year prior to application date.
-Only residential dwellings occupied by low- and moderate-income veterans with disabilities may be assisted. Both rental and owner-occupied residences are eligible for assistance and may be improved with Access to Home for Veterans Program funds. Applicants proposing to provide assistance for rental units must ensure that Access to Home for Veterans Program funds are not used to replace other resources available to building owners. Owners of rental units who are obligated to provide accessibility improvements as a condition of receiving other governmental assistance may not use Access to Home for Veterans funds to pay for those improvements.
-Assisted units must be occupied as the permanent residence of a household with income at or below 120 percent of area median income for veterans who are certified by the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense as entitled to receive disability payments for a disability incurred in time of war.
Rehabilitation assistance may not comprise any combination of Access to Home for Veterans funds with Access to Home Program funds or Access to Home for Medicaid Program funds.
The OCR offered a technical assistance webinar that provided a program overview, a demonstration of the CDOL application system, and answered application FAQs on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 10:00 AM.
Additional assistance may be available upon request.
Preference will be given to those applicants that demonstrate a commitment of leveraged funds at the time of application.
Applications for Program Year 2017 Access to Home for Veterans Program funding must be submitted through HCR’s CDOL no later than 4:00 PM, EST, Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
Paper applications received or postmarked after 4:00 PM, EST, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, will be considered late and will not be accepted or reviewed.
Nonprofits must prequalify on The New York State Grants Gateway to apply:
Applicants that are not prequalified through the New York State Grants Gateway by the Access to Home for Veterans Program application deadline of Wednesday, September 13, 2017, will not be eligible to receive Access to Home for Veterans funds, and any applications submitted to the OCR will be deemed ineligible for review and consideration. Joint applicants must ensure that all organizations participating in a potential Access to Home for Veterans award are prequalified prior to the September 13, 2017, application deadline.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
NYS Homes and Community Renewal
Office of Community Renewal
The Hampton Plaza, 4th Floor South
38-40 State Street
Albany, NY 12207
USA: New York City; New York
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