Timothy Peters, Executive Director
Gregory Crowell, Board President

Our Mission: To improve chronic housing conditions by undertaking county-wide programs and initiatives that address the practical realities of providing decent, affordable housing in a low-wage, agricultural area.

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

Welcome to the ORHA website!

Please bookmark the site to keep up with new programs, activities, and opportunities.

(Weekly Winners posted below.) It's Back! Want to join? 20 Week Club Raffle! $20 per ticket 20 weeks Only 200 tickets sold! PRIZES
  • Weekly Drawing of $50
  • On the 20th week, five additional drawings of $100 each!
  • Weekly winners go back into the drawing - you may win more than once!
First drawing will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022! We created a fund to assist those needing home repairs but who don't fit criteria of existing grant programs. Raffle proceeds support this fund. To purchase tickets: Call (607) 286-7244 or (607) 547-8839. Share with others! Post a flyer or send someone the link below. http://otsegoruralhousing.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Raffle.pdf Weekly Winners $100 Winners - #151 Greg Crowell, #187 Donna Matter, #33 Jeremiah Carrillo, #150 Jane Tedesco and #7 John Harris - https://youtu.be/U8JkjULwPzw

Week 20 - Christine Anderson - #42 - https://youtu.be/t6ALirrcSpA
Week 19 - Bernie Wrobel - #69 - $50 prize - https://youtu.be/hAseIhfS8tY
Week 18 - Linda Adee - #47 - $50 prize - https://youtube.com/shorts/HUEzYjxk2as
Week 17 - Albert Weiss - #61 - $50 prize
Week 16 - Maria DiMartin - #68 - $50 prize - https://youtube.com/shorts/IZLVh3aye6I
Week 15 - Schuyler Lake United Methodist Church - #16 - $50 prize - https://youtube.com/shorts/m6iqEh8B8Kk
Week 14 - Iris Lynch - #113 - $50 prize - https://youtube.com/shorts/1i6E3pCpUOc?feature=share
Week 13 - Joe Tedesco - #20 - $50 prize - https://youtube.com/shorts/1i6E3pCpUOc
Week 12 - Jason Cashing - #102 - $50 prize - https://youtube.com/shorts/ICYeadVYPaE
Week 11 - Barbara Murin - #58 - $50 prize - https://youtu.be/MzbPs6O62DA
Week 10 - Mary Ann Bollinger - #172 - $50 prize - https://youtu.be/1qE7OooFPZU
Week 9 - Christine Anderson - #52 - $50 prize - https://youtu.be/I7V5g_LcnS4
Week 8 - Stacy Wicks - #141 - $50 prize - https://youtu.be/DZt5y7G8qBw
Week 7 - Mary Ann Bollinger - #172 - $50 prize - https://youtu.be/7xr0D5qc6-o
Week 6 - Rich Ciccotelli - #120 - $50 prize - https://youtu.be/k8p2D9tCCBI
Week 5 - Christine Anderson - #52 - $50 prize - Image Only this week!
Week 4 - Rebecca Gill - #170 - $50 prize - https://youtu.be/F4JG4t0vSRs
Week 3 - Philip Adee - #77 - $50 prize - https://youtu.be/_E9IdHpNkQ4
Week 2 - Dave Tedesco - #60 - $50 prize https://youtu.be/4-5Qexwe8o4
Week 1 - Tim Powers - #72 $50 prize https://youtu.be/-YzKuQFRDnQ ...
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When shopping on-line consider shopping AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile offers the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The only difference is that when you shop AmazonSmile, a portion of the purchase price will be donated to Otsego Rural Housing, Inc. Click here to choose ORHA as your selected Charity and then shop using smile.amazon.com! ...
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The Otsego County Board of Representatives is implementing a $200,000 COVID-19 Emergency Rental Relief Program to assist resident-renters facing financial hardship as a result of layoff, reduced employment, or non-retention by their seasonal employer. The program will provide rental payments for three months directly to landlords on behalf of eligible households. The program will be implemented by Otsego Rural Housing Assistance, Inc., a local non-profit organization. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Eligibility criteria include the following:
  • Applicants’ annual household incomes (prior to March 13, 2020) may not exceed 80% of the county median (e.g., $43,600 for a household of 2 persons; $49,050 for a household of 3 persons);
  • Applicants must provide documentation of job loss arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, e.g., layoff notice, notice of reduced hours, physician’s letter;
  • The layoff or job loss must have occurred on or subsequent to March 13, 2020;
  • Applicant-renters must have a current written lease agreement with the property owner which states the monthly rental amount – utility payments are not covered;
  • Tenants and landlords must sign written agreements attesting to the terms and conditions of this assistance.
Full eligibility and application materials are available from Otsego Rural Housing Assistance, Inc., PO Box 189, Milford NY 13807 (607-286-7244), or via their web site: www.otsegoruralhousing.org. Application for Otsego County COVID Rent Relief Program
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Download Word Document OTSEGO COUNTY COVID-19 EMERGENCY RENT RELIEF AGREEMENT - TENANT
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Download Word Document Otsego Rural Housing Assistance, Inc. is a registered 501(c(3) not for profit organization that has been supporting the housing needs of low income, elderly, and disabled residents of Otsego County since 1984. ...
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