ROUND LAKE — Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) announced Aug. 8 a bill she authored that will assist elderly homeowners with essential repairs was signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul.
The Residential Emergency Services to Offer Home Repairs to the Elderly program (RESTORE) was established in 2018 to assist low- and moderate-income senior citizens with the cost of critical emergency repairs (such as leaking roofs, or non-functioning boilers). The repairs are provided by local non-profit organizations with the work performed by local contractors.
The new law extends the time frame for completing repairs and doubles the amount of money available for these repairs. The change to the law is necessary due to increased costs for both labor and materials to execute this type of work, as well as the difficulty in securing labor and materials in light of huge demand and supply chain issues, Woerner said.
“At Habitat for Humanity, we receive weekly calls from seniors who have owned their homes for decades but now desperately need help to comfortably age in place,” Adam Feldman, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Northern Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties, said in a statement. “The increased funding for the RESTORE program will allow seniors to repair old roofs and update heating systems allowing them to stay in their homes.”