BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two years ago, a Buffalo woman called city officials looking for help to fix her leaky roof. A government funded repair program was supposed to take care of the problem, but after countless delays and hold-ups, she Called 4 Action.
It's been a long time in coming, but Frances Caligiuri's old leaky roof is finally getting replaced.
Last month, she was in the depths of despair. A city rehab program was supposed to cover the costs of a new roof nearly two years ago but so much time passed by a tarp put up to protect her home had long since vanished. And a heavy rain week added to her desperation.
"I don't know how much more damage all that rain did upstairs, but thank God, the roof is finally going to be on," Caligiuri said.
Funding for the rehab program comes from federal block grants. They are actually no interest loans and the homeowner's responsibility depends on their ability to pay.
Keith Braun of Belmont Housing Resources said, "It is spread out over a 10-year period, and based on homeowner, home size, occupancy, and income, they are put into a category as to how much is paid back."
Caligiuri's roof is one of hundreds of home repair projects that have been on hold for years, and now, after all this time, some homeowners might have to start from scratch.
The contractor replacing Caligiuri's roof, Danaby Construction, agreed to stick to their original price even though the costs for them have gone up substantially in the two-year period.
Foreman Matthew Gates said, "My guys can get in and out in a day on a roof this size, so we can keep the cost down a little bit."
But for nearly two-hundred other roof jobs, the city is proposing to boost contractors' bill by about 10-percent, or re-bid them, which would be time consuming.
Michael Reigel of Belmont Housing Resources said, "And each job is required to get three bids, from three different contractors. The other option is to give an across-the-board increase to all the jobs that have roofing-related repairs involved with them."
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