Rural Advocates Annual Meeting Announced

The NYS Rural and Neighborhood Preservation Programs have undergone some changes over the last few years, even though the legislative intent of this program has not changed.  Is the Preservation Program the key program it once was? Should changes be made to the program? How can it be made to work better for your company?

These issues will be considered, among others, at the NYS Rural Advocates Annual Meeting, November 18-19, 2014 at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown. Come for the day on Tuesday or come for the full program on both days as we consider the Advocates legislative agenda for housing and community development.

We want to hear from you! Don’t let other people make the decisions that will impact you and your company. Join us and let your voice be heard.


40 Million More for Homeowner Protection Program

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced additional funding for the Homeowner Protection Program yesterday. Funds are from the national mortgage settlements with banks  The Times Union reports, “Since it began in 2012, the Homeowner Protection Program has helped fund 89 legal service and housing counseling agencies across the state.”  Video and press release here.  Emphasis on funding the infrastructure- housing counseling- which is a “tremendous success”.

A good time had by all…

Thanks for your support at the NYS Rural Advocates reception!  We had a great time at conference and learned a lot too.  To paraphrase a board member, “the time just seems right to forge a renewed relationship with our funding partners near and far!”  A good time too, to touch base with your legislators at home, and let them know what projects you have in the pipeline and what work you are engaged in to make housing safer and more affordable.

Going to the NYS Rural Housing Coalition Conference?

PLEASE JOIN US!!  Registration form just added for your convenience; pay with paypal or check in advance

On rare occasions, NYS Rural Advocates presents the “Hard Hat Award” to someone, who has demonstrated ongoing dedication to providing opportunities to the people of Rural New York to obtain decent, safe and affordable housing.  This year we are pleased to honor Celeste Frohm, who has recently retired from her position as Multifamily Housing Specialist with USDA Rural Development. Rural Housing providers, who have had the privilege of working with Celeste, appreciated her dedication and willingness to help with this mission. Please join us in celebrating her service to the people of Rural New York with this prestigious award

September 15, 2014

Water Street Café,  159 Water Street  Old City Hall 

5:00 PM-8:00 PM

Oswego, NY

Contribution of $50 with registration for NYS Rural Advocates Dinner and Reception  

Those taking the RHC Bus Tour will find yourself at Old City Hall at the conclusion of the tour!

Hardhat Presentation at 6 PM

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