Mayor Barlow Announces $500,000 For Home Improvement Grant Program

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OSWEGO – Mayor Billy Barlow announced today (July 1, the city of Oswego was awarded $500,000 from the New York State under the Affordable Home Ownership Development Program for eligible homeowners to conduct improvements to their homes.

The goal of the home improvement funding is to offer approximately 40 grants with an average grant amount being approximately $12,000 each.

The home improvement program is designed to help homeowners make maintenance repairs and enhancements so that the property is safe and free of health and safety hazards.

The program offers home improvement funding for income eligible individuals and families of existing single family owner-occupied homes in the city of Oswego.

Heating, plumbing, electrical, roofing, carpentry, masonry, insulation, replacement windows and doors and exterior painting are examples of scopes of work accomplished through this program.

“I’m incredibly excited to secure $500,000 from the NYS Affordable Home Ownership Development Program to turn around and offer to Oswego residents to conduct home improvement projects,” Barlow said. “By making this financial assistance available, we are encouraging Oswego residents to invest in their property and add to our neighborhood revitalization efforts. Through the Office of Economic Development, and with the support of the Oswego Common Council, we will continue developing programs and making funding available to folks in our community as we all work together to make Oswego a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

To qualify for assistance under this program, the following conditions must be met:

Property must be an owner-occupied single family, or 2-unit owner occupied home;
Property must be located within city limits of the city of Oswego;
Applicants must provide proof of ownership (copy of deed);
Property taxes (city, county, school) and water and sewer fees must be current;
Homeowner must provide proof of current property insurance;
The household must meet the income eligibility based on family size (family of 2 = $59,622, family of 4 = $74,528)

While applying for the grant from New York State, the city of Oswego drafted criteria requiring home owners to submit up to a 25% match to receive funding in an effort to leverage private investment and make more grants available to more property owners.

The application for the home improvement program will be available in mid-July and will be accepted on a first come, first serve policy and must be complete to be considered.

In the interim, if you are interested or thinking that you may be eligible please complete a pre-application that can be found on the city’s website at or getting information from the Office of Economic Development by calling 315-343-3795 or stopping by at 44 E. Bridge St.

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