(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David and First Ward Action Council Executive Director Jerry Willard on Tuesday announced an $85,000 home repair program to assist roughly 70 City of Binghamton seniors.
The announcement was made at 56 Mygatt St., the site of one of the repair projects.
“We’re helping seniors in Binghamton make necessary home repairs to stay in their homes and continue contributing to the fabric of our community,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “Too often, longtime senior homeowners are forced to move because of necessary home improvement projects they cannot perform or cannot afford. These residents are the anchors of our neighborhoods, and they deserve help in getting basic home repairs completed.”
Nearly 40 percent of Binghamton’s owner-occupied housing belongs to individuals 65 years and older, an age group that represents only 17 percent of the City’s population, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.
Under the program, most work will be for small repairs such as plumbing fixes, new door locks, hand railings and other household safety items to improve accessibility. A small number of senior households will receive assistance for larger jobs such as boiler or furnace replacement and electrical repairs.
Staff at the First Ward Action Council will handle small repair jobs, while licensed and insured contractors will complete larger projects.
The projects are completed at no cost to the homeowner.
“Small home repairs can make a big difference for senior homeowners,” said Jerry Willard, Executive Director of the First Ward Action Council. “Our staff is ready to help and we see a high demand for these types of services. We thank Mayor David for his commitment to this program and efforts to help seniors across the City of Binghamton.”
The program is paid for in full by Community Development Block Grant funding.
For more information, interested seniors may contact the First Ward Action Council at (607) 772-2850.
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