INHS welcomed Attorney General James on Thursday, October 10 to the 210 Hancock development where she announced that Tompkins County received a $900,000 grant through its Community Land Trusts Capacity Building Initiative. The program acquires and renovates distressed properties, provides training and technical assistance to homeowners, and creates permanent affordable housing for the benefit of low- and middle-income families.
“By providing Tompkins County with this grant we are opening the doors to solutions for a problem that affects many families and individuals: the lack of safe, decent, and affordable housing opportunities,” said Attorney General James. “Our mission is to help communities develop solutions that meet local housing needs and revitalize neighborhoods.”
Tompkins County awarded INHS the grant funds to expand its Community Housing Trust, which has already helped 52 low to moderate income families achieve their dream of homeownership through its CHT. With the $900,000 additional funds, INHS will be able to add 18 additional homes into the Trust.
“These are not simply homes; these are people who have found a sense of peace. Having a home that is safe and secure, allows people a foundation to build upon; it allows people to fight for their beliefs, to advocate for another, and above all, to grow love,” said Executive Director Johanna Anderson. “INHS is able to make each CHT home affordable in perpetuity, which benefits this generation and all those to follow,” she added.
“INHS gave me the tools and support I needed to buy my first house. I never thought I’d own a home, and I’m so thankful they walked me through the process,” said Leslie Benjamin, a CHT resident. “To own my own home feels like I have a bigger place in the world, and that I’m part of the community in a way I wasn’t before. I value that INHS and its partners support the under served population, and they go out of their way to support the community.”
Thank you to the Office of the Attorney General, Enterprise Community Partners, and Tompkins County for believing in INHS, affordable housing, and the community.