In 1976, Weatherization Assistance became the first housing-related service in 11-year-old Opportunities for Chenango, Inc.’s roster of programs. This was followed in the 1980s with the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), and Section 8 Rental Assistance (now called the Housing Choice Voucher Program). In the 90s, HUD-certified Housing Counseling, First-Time Home Buyers, West End Mobile Home Sales and Services Company, and Rehabilitation and Repair programs were added. Our newest additions include our Revolving Loan Funds.
October, 2001, saw OFC, Inc.’s acceptance into the NeighborWorks® network of community-based organizations. In 2004, NeighborWorks® network member organizations directly invested $2.2 billion in 2,500 communities nationwide.
Over the years, not only have more programs been implemented in answer to public need, but enhancements and expansions have taken place and the impact on Chenango County communities has been substantial. Most recently, Broome County residents have been able to take advantage of program grants provided by Quaranta Housing Services (QHS). First time homebuyer and home repair grants for flood and non-flood households have been available for qualified households since 2006.
Currently, QHS administers more than 15 grants and offers more than 19 programs to Chenango residents and 10 programs to Broome County residents.
In August, 2003, QHS staff began the move into a new building at 43 Hale Street in Norwich. The rehabbed facility was formally christened the Chenango Home Ownership & Housing Services Center in June, 2004. In March, 2005, the Center was renamed in honor of its director, Michael Quaranta, who spearheaded housing services for OFC, Inc., from 1996 until his death early in 2005. QHS houses 16 permanent office staff, and is headquarters for Weatherization field crews.
Due to the June 2006 flood, QHS applied for and received 2 member item grants totaling $70,000 from the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate. These funds targeted households in the Town of Colesville that were affected by the flood and were in need of clean, safe drinking water.
QHS was awarded an $18,000 grant from the Enterprise Foundation to assist in upgrading computer equipment that included portable lap tops, scanners and printers which allows intake personnel to meet with Broome County residents in their homes to qualify them for programs. The foundation approached QHS regarding this grant because of the exceptional job that QHS does in their home repair program.
Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), HUD Housing Counseling
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Financial Fitness and Credit Counseling, HCVP Family Self-Sufficiency Program
Home Ownership Programs
First Time Home Buyer, Foreclosure Intervention
EMPOWER, Energy Conservation Services, Energy Packaging, HEAP, Home Performance
Housing rehabilitation, mobile home replacement