Access to Home

Access to Home provides funding for accessibility modifications necessary to improve the quality of life for income eligible homeowners and residents with disabilities. Modifications may include ramps, special stair lifts, widened doorways, accessible kitchens, and bathroom modifications such as wheelchair-accessible showers, grab bars, raised toilets, and accessible sinks.


Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC)

The Affordable Housing Corporation offers funding to municipalities, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to provide housing rehabilitation and accessibility modifications to income eligible homeowners, usually as a  supplement to other funding sources, but in stand-alone projects as well.


Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

Community Development Block Grants are federally funded programs administered by the state and designed to finance community renewal, “main street” revitalization, housing rehabilitation, and regional economic development initiatives.  Currently, ORHA is administering a Mobile Home replacement grant program on behalf of Otsego County.  This program seeks to identify sub-standard and dilapidated owner-occupied mobile homes and replace them with new, federally approved manufactured housing units for income eligible Otsego County households.


RESTORE (Residential Emergency Services to Offer Repairs to the Elderly)

RESTORE provides direct financing of emergency home repairs for income eligible senior (age 60 or above) homeowners.  Emergency repairs are those associated with failed systems necessary to maintain the health and safety of persons in the home and modifications to make homes accessible for disabled and limited mobility residents.  Emergency repairs will address roofs, heating systems, plumbing, electric, flooring, stairways, porches, and doors.  Disability modifications such as ramps, stair lifts, and accessible bathrooms will also be financed.



The New York State HOME Program uses federal HOME Investment Partnership Program funds to expand the supply of decent, safe, and affordable housing within the State.  Funds must be distributed in accordance with needs and priorities identified in the State’s Consolidated Plan.  NYS HOME finances a range of home rehabilitation and home ownership programs for income eligible families.  HOME funds comprehensive rehabilitation intended to sustain and improve the quality of the region’s affordable housing stock; its home ownership programs are intended to assist first-time home buyers with the financial resources and guidance they need to find and purchase an affordable, high-quality home.