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NY Attorney Letitia James announces $900,000 grant for Tompkins County

TOMPKINS COUNTY (WBNG) — Attorney General of New York Letitia James announced Thursday that Tompkins County received a $900,000 grant in the second round of the Community Land Trusts Capacity Building Initiative.

The initiative acquires and renovates “distressed properties.”  It also provides training and technical assistance to homeowners and creates “permanent affordable housing” for the benefit of low and middle-class incomes families.

Attorney General James says the mission of the initiative is to revitalize neighborhoods and meet the needs of local housing.

“By providing Tompkins County with this grant, we are opening the doors to solutions for a problem that affects families and individuals: the lack of safe, decent, and affordable housing opportunities,” said James in an official press release.

In addition to Tompkins County, the attorney general’s office says the grant also awarded a total of $7.8 million to nine cities and counties throughout the state.  The award ranges from $100,000 and $1.1 million for each recipient.

The grant was awarded to Albany, Buffalo, New York, Rochester, Schenectady as well as Broome, Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Matthew Benninger

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