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Dec. 14, 2006

Families Across Oswego County Benefit from Housing Assistance Program

Oswego County's Housing Assistance Program distributed more than $1 million in federal funds during 2006 to help low-income families live in safe and affordable rental housing. A division of the County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, the program provides eligible families with a subsidy toward their rent for approved housing units.

“The purpose of the housing assistance program is to help provide safe and affordable housing to those who need it,” said David Turner, Director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. “Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own rental homes or apartments. Participating landlords must meet quality standards that are set by the federal government.”

The Oswego County Housing Assistance Program received a rating of 100 percent in a recent evaluation by New York State's Division of Housing and Community Renewal. The state reviewed how the county performed in 14 categories to make sure it follows the guidelines set forth by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The program served more than 400 families in Oswego County during 2006. Most of the families have annual incomes of between $5,000 and $10,000.

The County Legislature's Economic Development and Planning Committee, chaired by Legislator Fred Beardsley, District 9, oversees the Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. Committee members also include legislators Kevin Gardner, District 13; Jack Beckwith, District 21; Barbara Brown, District 8; Daniel Chalifoux, District 19; Shawn Doyle, District 3; and Paul Natoli, District 11.

“The housing assistance program improves housing quality standards throughout the county and keeps housing prices affordable for those needy families,” said Legislator Beardsley. “The high performance rating shows that this program is having a direct impact on families and landlords across Oswego County. It enhances the quality of life in our communities.”

“I am very proud of the staff's performance,” said Dona Lee Falciatano, Oswego County Housing Program Coordinator. “We receive great satisfaction in knowing that our staff members are helping to provide safe and affordable housing for families that really need it throughout Oswego County.”

People who are interested in learning more about the program may contact Falciatano at 349-8263 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 8263.

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