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OFC programs target first-time home buyers

NORWICH –Chenango County lawmakers agreed to apply for federal grants designed to help financially struggling individuals purchase their first homes and upgrade their well and septic systems.

The programs are managed in partnership with Opportunities For Chenango, headquartered in Norwich, with funding made available through New York State’s community development block grant programs for small cities. The grant amounts for the two programs aren’t known yet.

The home ownership program is designed to assist low and moderate income households in becoming first time homebuyers. Chenango County has implemented the program almost annually since 1995, resulting in 151 new first time homebuyers since then.

The homes are evenly distributed throughout the county, but with higher concentrations in places with higher population centers. OFC Director Wayne Viera said he anticipates another 18 new home buyers with this newest cycle.

Local lenders and realtors play an integral part in promoting the program by providing affordable lending products and services, he said.

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