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Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce new eligibility standards for the 2019-2020 Greece Residential Improvement Program (GRIP) year. Starting immediately, the maximum grant award will be increased from $4,800 to $6,000, and the maximum assessed value for eligible homes will be raised from $119,000 to $130,000. Household income standards have also been elevated in accordance with new federal data. What this means is that more of Greece’s homes and residents will be eligible to participate in the GRIP program than ever before. 

GRIP grants are for rehabilitation projects in single-family, owner-occupied homes in the Town of Greece. The program is funded through the town’s Community Development Block Grant, so projects must be essential rehabilitation projects including health and safety repairs, accessibility improvements, structural and major system repairs, and energy conservation upgrades. These include structural, weather-related, or safety issues that could create dangerous living conditions. 

Town of Greece staff and certified inspectors will work with homeowners to identify and address priority home repairs and rehabilitation activities with the goal of achieving safe and decent housing for town residents and protecting the town’s quality housing stock.  Maintaining the town’s housing stock and quality neighborhoods are primary goals of the Town’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

Now in its 47th year, the GRIP program has assisted more than 2,200 income-qualified homeowners with more than $6 million in needed repairs and upgrades. The Town of Greece welcomes Greece homeowner’s participation in this program. For additional information or questions about eligibility, please contact the Town of Greece GRIP office at (585) 723-2384.