Several homes in Little Falls are about to see big improvements. The city's Urban Renewal Office was able to secure a $435,000 New York State Community Development Block Grant as part of the 2016 NYS CDBG Housing Round.

State-wide the Housing Round will award a total of $15 million to assist communities all across New York State in addressing their affordable housing needs. Little Falls Mayor Mark Blask attributes their award to the hard work of the Urban Renewal Committee. Blask says, "This is a huge win for some homeowners in Little Falls.  My hat is off to Mark Feane who continues to get positive results; he’s been an absolute all-star."

Mark Feane was hired as Urban Renewal Director in March 2016. He too was pleased with the announcement. He said in a release, "This grant will allow us to continue to improve houses for our residents.   We anticipate focusing on owner-occupied low income families who meet the requirements. "The city had not been successful in acquiring this grant in several years so there is a definite need – the timing could not be better.  We look forward to getting started.”

One of the first things Mayor Blask did when he took office was make a complete change to the Urban Renewal committee. In addition to the hiring of Feane Ralph Renzulli, Laura Powers, Stan Zysk and Justin Welczyko were all selected to the committee.

If there are any questions about grant applications people can call the Urban Renewal office at 574-5249.

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