On April 11th, Governor Paterson and the State Legislature announced that the enacted New York State Budget included $15 million for the Greater Catskills Flood Remediation Program. Under this Program residents in the Town of Ulster who have been severely hurt by flooding in the past few years and are determined to be at future risk may be able to have their homes purchased by Ulster County, allowing them to relocate out of harms way. Some of the factors which will determine if a home is eligible for the Greater Catskills Flood Remediation Program include:
It must be a one or two family home
Has been damaged by floods since April 1, 2004
Is the primary residence of an owner and was the primary residence prior to a flood event
Determined to be at future risk of flooding
Family income of up to 150% of the area median income as defined by HUD
The New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation, a division of the Housing and Community Renewal Agency, will be administering the Program and is currently establishing Program policies and procedures. More information should be available June 9th.
Scroll down to "Documents" to review the May 21st presentation or to the "Links" below to go to the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal Agency's Flood Relief Information webpage.
Town of Ulster residents may also call Jim Maloney, Flood Coordinator, at 845-331-1317.