OGDENSBURG — The deadline for the first round of applications from Ogdensburg residents wishing to use American Rescue Plan Act funds for basic home repairs is Friday at 4 p.m.
The funding is issued by the city through its Individual Household Assistance Program, which has $260,000 allocated to city residents. Federal ARPA funds had been distributed to municipalities across the country to help offset losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the city received a total of $1,068,179. The city has received $535,177 so far.
The program was unanimously approved by City Council and will help municipal property owners make repairs to their properties and reimburse them up to $5,000 for exterior and interior projects.
“Due to the tremendous positive response to the City of Ogdensburg Community Support Program Phase 3 (Assistance to Individual Households), it is necessary to establish a deadline for the first round of program applications,” City Manager Stephen P. Jellie said in a news release.
Applications are available on the city’s website at www.ogdensburg.org or can be picked up at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. City Hall is closed on Fridays.
Completed applications and required documents may be delivered to Assistant Clerk Brittanie J. Kelso, 330 Ford Street, Room 4, Ogdensburg, by mail, in person, or delivered to the City Hall drop box to the left of the ramp on Caroline Street.
The application must be completed by the owner and must include a professional estimate or a quote for printed materials as well as proof of total income for 2020 and/or 2021.
Completed applications will begin to be reviewed on Monday, Mr Jellie said. Applications will continue to be accepted after Friday’s deadline, but those applications will be considered in a second round if funds become available, according to the statement.
“My administration has made reviving the city of Ogdensburg its top priority and the most effective route to reviving the city is for local government to support the city residents who work so hard and could just use a little nudge. inch after the two-fighting economic impacts of the global pandemic,” Mayor Jeffrey M. Skelly said in the statement.
Mr. Jellie and Mr. Skelly also called on city residents to contact county lawmakers to request an additional $260,000 of the $20 million in ARPA funding from St. Lawrence County to help fund the second and subsequent future rounds of the home improvement program.