From the Office of the Mayor:
The City of Binghamton is now soliciting local general contractors to participate in its federally-funded housing repair programs.
“Over the last five years, we have invested more than $3 million of federal and state grant dollars in housing repairs,” said Tarik Abdelazim, Director of Planning, Housing and Community Development. “These investments not only result in healthier and safer homes for our seniors and working families, but also create jobs and ensure steady work for our local contractors. We have a great group of contractors that offer quality work, but we have an obligation to welcome and encourage other contractors to competitively bid on these projects.”
Earlier this month, the City distributed “Contractors Wanted” fliers to nearly 20 locations across Broome County, including Lowes, Home Depot, Belknap Lumber, Agway and Kovarik True Value Hardware.
The City program, funded by the federal HOME program and competitive grants secured from New York State, generally offers existing, income-qualified homeowners assistance up to $25,000 for repairs and, if needed, additional assistance to address and remove lead paint hazards.
For each repair project, the City invites participating contractors to submit bids, and the City’s housing specialist helps participating homeowners select the contractor and monitor the performance for quality and compliance.
General contractors must be lead-certified, and have necessary liability and compensation insurance. General contractors interested in becoming certified and eligible for the City’s repair programs should contact the Housing Division at (607) 772-7240.
The City is specifically interested in adding certified and insured minority and women owned businesses (MWBEs) to our list of contractors. For more information on how to obtain certification as a MWBE, please visit the New York State Division of Minority & Women Owned Business Development website.
“The City of Binghamton is trying to ensure that with each of the programs we provide the diversity of our businesses is being reflected in our efforts, especially for Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises,” said City Councilwoman Lea Webb. “This program presents another opportunity for growth and development, and I highly encourage the MWBE's in our area to participate in this project that will assist in improving our valuable housing stock.”