Credit: Jupiterimages, Thinkstock
Credit: Jupiterimages, Thinkstock

Otsego County has received a federal grant through the New York State Homes & Community Renewal to replace dilapidated owner-occupied mobile homes with new, energy-efficient manufactured homes. 

General eligibility is based on gross household income at or below 80% of the area median, ownership in the name of the applicant of the property where the existing mobile home is located, and poor condition of the home. Final awards will be made based on additional determinations of actual income below the 80% limit, disabilities in the home, overcrowding, financial responsibility of applicants, and severity of home conditions.

Minimum additional requirements for properties: mobile homes are permanent, year-round residence of owners/applicants; applicants have no outstanding liens or mortgages, and are current on all property taxes. Mobile homes on rented lots or in parks are not eligible.

Interested families are asked to call Otsego Rural Housing Assistance, Inc. (ORHA) at (607) 286-7244 and leave a name and telephone number. Telephone pre-application calls will then be made and further steps toward a formal application will be described and mailed to those who qualify. Applicants will be contacted in the order received. Successful applicants will be included in a database and scored on the program eligibility criteria until all funds are awarded. Applications not chosen will be carried over for the next request of funds.