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“The purpose of this housing survey is to create a credible set of data regarding Otsego County housing conditions which can then inform future grant applications to public and private funding sources.  This new survey information will help us articulate the priorities of county residents, in terms of housing, so that we can better target programs to address them.  Governmental and other funding agencies expect local applicants to have current data to justify their funding requests but few area municipalities have the resources to develop this kind of assessment tool.”

The survey was developed in collaboration with Otsego Rural Housing Assistance, Inc. (ORHA), a local not for profit organization that has served residents of Otsego County since 1984. The link to the survey is also available on the ORHA web site:

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.  It includes questions for both homeowners and renters, and touches on both current housing condition, e.g., the state of survey respondents’ heating systems and plumbing, as well as prospective housing, accessibility, or home renovation needs.

All Otsego County residents are encouraged to complete the survey.  Area employers, for whom affordable housing is a crucial human resources issue, are especially encouraged to bring this survey to the attention of their employees.  Survey respondents have the option of including their

Otsego Rural Housing Assistance, Inc. (ORHA) serves rural, low-income residents, the elderly, and residents with disabilities throughout Otsego County, NY. Our programs connect those needing assistance with support, resources and funding to improve their living conditions and provide an enhanced quality of life.

ORHA supports federal, state, and local fair housing laws to ensure that all individuals have equal housing opportunities.  The NYS HOME Local Program Fair Housing-Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Marketing Policy ensures: non-discriminatory treatment, outreach and access to program resources for all HOME Local assisted beneficiaries.

 The NYS HOME Local Program and Local Program Administrators must comply with all federal laws, executive orders, and regulations pertaining to Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity including: 

  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that no person may be excluded from participation in, denied benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal assistance on the basis of race, color, or national origin.
  • The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of housing, the financing of housing or the provision of brokerage services against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or familial status.
  • Equal Opportunity in Housing prohibits discrimination of individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in the sale, rental leasing, or other disposition of residential property or the use or occupancy of housing assisted with Federal Funds.
  • Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits age discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance.
  • The NYS Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of creed, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or military status in addition to the protected classes listed previously.

ORHA currently has HOME Program rehabilitation and home repair funding available for low income Otsego County residents who own and occupy their home (program eligibility requirements apply).

All County residents are encouraged to apply for these funds.

Please Call: 607-286-7244 or Email us at


ORHA has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the New York State Division of Homes & Community Renewal to provide accessibility modifications to low and moderate income     Otsego County veterans with service-related disabilities.  The grant program is called Access to Home for  Veterans.  Modifications may include mobility ramps, accessible showers, widened doors, improved safety railings, and other features designed to promote a safe home environment and aging in place.

To be eligible, veterans must have annual incomes at or below 120% of the county median income; for a household of two, that is $60,000 or less.

For more information, please call 607-286-7244.  If you are a veteran who could use assistance of this type, don’t hesitate to call.  If you know veterans who need accessibility modification to live more comfortably and safely in their homes, tell them about this program!

ORHA has worked with the Cherry Valley Community Facilities Corporation (CVCFC) to submit a grant proposal to New York State Division of Homes & Community Renewal for $1.3 million in funding to convert a wing of the old Cherry Valley Central School on Genesee Street into affordable senior rental housing.  Stay tuned for more details on the Small Rental Development Initiative (SRDI)!



Press Release
April 9, 2018

Otsego Rural Housing Assistance, Inc. (ORHA) has received a $351,500 grant from New York State Homes & Community Renewal (NYSHCR) to replace four (4) dilapidated owner-occupied mobile homes in Otsego County with new, modern, energy-efficient manufactured homes. ORHA was one of only five applicant organizations statewide to receive funding under the Mobile & Manufactured Home Replacement Program (MMHR). ORHA staff will review applications, conduct site reviews, and make project selections based on need, site conditions, and project feasibility. Applicants not selected may be eligible for home repair or rehab assistance through other grant funded programs.

This new program is the second mobile home replacement program in Otsego County in recent years: a 2015-2016 a collaboration between the Otsego County Planning Department and ORHA funded by a state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) resulted in the replacement of six (6) deteriorated homes. Mobile & manufactured homes represent approximately 14% of Otsego County’s housing stock. Eligibility requirements and application information.