Town of Babylon Community Development Block Grant Home Improvement Funding Now Available to Town of Babylon Residents

Centereach, N.Y.  (January 18, 2019) – Funding for Home Improvements is now available to residents of the Town of Babylon through the Town of Babylon Community Development Block Grant Home Improvement Program. Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) will be administering the Town’s Home Improvement Program, a program that provides no-interest, deferred payment loans to qualified low to moderate income homeowners.

The maximum permitted gross annual household income for Town of Babylon residents applying for the program must be at or below 80% of the median household income, adjusted by household size, (see program guidelines at www.cdcli.org). Applications  (along with supporting documentation) may be completed on-line at CDCLI’s website at www.cdcli.org,  faxed to CDCLI at 631-471-5341, or delivered to CDCLI either in-person or by mail to CDCLI’s offices located at 2100 Middle Country Road, Centereach, NY 11720 ATTN: Town of Babylon. Applications may be obtained by downloading from www.cdcli.org, calling CDCLI at 631-471-1215 x222, emailing CDCLI at homeimprovement@cdcli.org, or by picking up at CDCLI’s offices at 2100 Middle Country Road, Centereach, NY 11720. The deadline for all received applications is 5:00 pm on February 28, 2019.

The CDBG program is one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and funding has been critical in addressing the most vulnerable populations on Long Island.  For many low and moderate-income families, the services are life-changing.  “This program is one of the most outstanding things the Town of Babylon does each year. Offering assistance to residents to make improvements to their home is an investment in our community. On behalf of the rest of the Town Board, I thank CDCLI for being our partners for this important initiative,” said Rich Schaffer, Town of Babylon Supervisor.

According to An Equity Profile of Long Island by PolicyLink and USC PERE, nearly 42% of owner-occupied households on Long Island are cost-burdened, paying more than 30% of their incomes on housing costs. “No one should live in an unsafe or unhealthy housing situation because of financial constraints. CDCLI is proud to partner with the Town of Babylon in addressing the critical housing needs of residents.  Supporting, individuals, families and communities is the core of what we do,” said Gwen O’Shea, President & CEO of CDCLI.

CDCLI remains committed to supporting both renters and homeowners in attaining and sustaining homes that are healthy, safe, energy efficient, and affordable.  In 2018 alone, CDCLI’s weatherization and home improvement efforts assisted nearly 250 households.  1,142 windows were installed, 152,049 square feet of insulation was conducted in addition to other services, such as accessibility modifications, fall prevention adaptations and health focused improvements.