Wayne County accepting applications for Farmworker Housing Program

Wayne County is home to thousands of acres of working farms and farmland that require in-person labor to trim, prepare, plant, tend, and harvest crops and animal products. Farmers in the region often provide on-site accommodation for these agricultural workers, either seasonal or year-round, depending on the nature of their activity. The New York State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is offering new funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The program specifically targets the replacement of mobile prefabricated homes for agricultural worker housing.

The Wayne County Planning Office is currently accepting applications ahead of scheduled funding for the Farmworker Mobile Prefab Housing Replacement Program. The program is designed to improve the quality of housing for agricultural workers, particularly with the aim of creating safer housing conditions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant funds are intended to help farms safely house this much-needed workforce. All eligible applicants will be chosen by lottery, with priority given to farm businesses with pre-1976 mobile homes available for farm worker housing located within the county. Applications must be sent before May 13, 2022.

For more information on the Farmworker Housing Replacement Program, please contact Ora Rothfuss, Agricultural Development Specialist at [email protected] or call 315-946-7697. The FAQ and the online application can be found here.

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