Officials said the assistance will cover the cost of roof replacement, and other related repairs such as gutters, downspouts, roof flashing, and minor chimney repair up to $12,000.
Interested homeowners may begin applying Jan. 25; in addition, interested individuals may submit pre-applications at their nearest Neighborhood Service Centers.
According to officials, the $1.7 million in funding for the program will be split into two parts.
The first round of funds will be quadrant-based, with a total of 75 randomly-selected, pre-applicants from City Neighborhood Service Centers.
Senior citizens will make up 30 percent of those selected.
In addition, officials said the pre-application period for the first installment will run from Jan. 25 to Feb. 25, culminating with a drawing on Feb. 26.
Then, the second installment will be city-based, in which names will be selected from a city-wide pool of applicants.
The open application period for the second round will run from April 25 to May 26, with a drawing on May 27, at a location the city has not yet determined, officials said.
Applicants must own a single-family residential structure which they live in; be at least 18 years of age; and a U.S citizen, in order to be eligible for the assistance.
In addition, according to officials, participants will be required to live at the property for a period of three years after the project’s completion.
Here are some additional requirements applicants must meet in order to be eligible for the funds:
- Applicants’ household income must not exceed 80 percent of the area median income.
- Applicants must not have received financial assistance through a city housing rehabilitation program in the past seven years.
- Applicants’ city property taxes must be up to date, or the homeowner must be current with payments under a city tax agreement.
- Participants whose household incomes do not exceed more than 30 percent of the median income limit must pay a $50 financial contribution toward the project; participants whose incomes do not exceed more than 80 percent of the income limit must pay $250 toward the project.
Visit http://www.cityofrochester.gov/roofrelief/, or call 585.428.6912, for additional information regarding the program.