MALONE — The Malone Village Board of Trustees discussed a grant opportunity for the village, during a Wednesday morning workshop.

Trustees agreed to work with Friends of the North Country on applying for a Community Development Block Grant.

According to Mayor Andrea Dumas, both the town and village of Malone have received CDBG grants in the past.

“It helps our younger families and helps assist with our senior citizens, it is a big variety,” Dumas said.

Trustee Norman Bonner III said the village also applied for one CDBG grant when they worked in conjunction with the town of Malone on a microenterprise grant last year.

“We also applied for housing, it would have been the icing on the cake if the folks with the microenterprise grant could also get this, we were hoping to get as much of it as possible but we were rejected on that particular application,” Bonner said. “This would be a nice way to help fill that in.”

Bonner made the motion to proceed with the application.

“I believe in this firmly,” Bonner said. “A lot of the guidelines specifically help to keep older folks in their homes and those are the people who are maintaining the homes, right at the moment, struggling to do so, and if it gets to the point where they can’t keep themselves in that home then an awful lot changes to the neighborhood and the village.”

Dumas agreed with Bonner and said the application fee is $1,450.

“This has done a lot of good things throughout the region for homeowners,” Dumas said. “It can go to roofs, windows, doors, weatherization, walk-in showers, widening doorways, grab bars, ramps.”

Dumas said village residents have reached out to Friends of the North Country about funding opportunities.

“They have a lot of our information already because they worked through us before on other projects,” Dumas said. “They don’t need a lot from us and they will update our information and submit it on our behalf.”

According to Dumas, the village’s treasurer said the funding to cover the application fee is available.

According to Executive Director Melissa Furnia of Friends of the North Country, the Cadyville-based social services organization is interested in working with the village to apply for a CDBG grant to go towards building rehabilitation in the village.

The Community Development Block Grant program provides annual grants to provide decent housing and suitable living environments according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website.

Furnia said if the grant process proceeds, funds can go toward low- to moderate-income housing in the village.

“There was a Notice of Funding Availability and the next round is anticipated in the next couple of weeks and we are trying to be proactive,” Furnia said.

Funding through the grant can help homeowners with repairs, according to Furnia, who said funds can go toward making health and safety improvements, addressing code violations, and adding energy improvements.

Furnia said the application process runs through the state with funding coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, adding if the block grant is awarded, Friends of the North Country will reach out to homeowners in the village.

“If the process moves forward we will do more outreach, reach out and send out postcards to eligible property owners,” Furnia said.

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