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Money available for home repairs in three Buffalo zip codes

Homeowners in three Buffalo zip codes who need critical home repairs can apply for special financial help from a Home Repair Program launched by the University District Community Development Association.

The new program, aided by a $200,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, will target 20 owner-occupied homes in the 14214, 14215 and 14216 zip codes, helping to cover housing repairs such as replacing windows, doors, furnaces and hot-water tanks.

The program will also leverage funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to help with weatherization and energy-efficiency improvements, as well as Community Development Block Grant funding from the city for roof replacements.

The association said the funds are targeted to very low-, low- and medium-income households as part of efforts to help maintain diversity in the District, where home values have risen nearly 7 percent in the last year in some areas. A portion of the money will focus on elderly homeowners, as over 16 percent of residents in the targeted areas are over age 60. The group already has a list of 155 low-income elderly homeowners who are waiting for repairs.

UDCDA has already completed over 200 home repairs in the last several years, while Belmont Housing and Buffalo Promise Neighborhood have teamed up to rehab 10 owner-occupied homes. Job training and educational services, homeowner maintenance workshops and financial literacy programs, as well as membership to the University Heights Tool Library, are also available through UDCDA.

To find out more about the program and eligibility, contact the association at (716)832-1010 or stop in the office at 995 Kensington Avenue.