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State funding for Albany home rehabs cut

State funding used to rehab Albany foreclosed houses has been cut, just as officials say the housing need is growing dramatically.

Albany will not receive any state money through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program this year, as that funding goes to other communities with higher rates of foreclosure. The city paid Flint River Habitat for Humanity to bring five foreclosed houses back to new condition, for families in need. The last two of those homes is now being finished.

Albany Habitat officials say they have more requests for housing help than ever before, and they will continue rehabbing homes, when they have enough money.

Flint River Habitat for Humanity volunteer director David Wilson said  "If we could locate the funds, it would be phenomenal. We have the work, we have the volunteers. Just again with all non-profits, the finances are the challenge."

Albany Community Development officials say they have a long waiting list of people needing homes and emergency repairs.

The city and Habitat officials say the foreclosed homes and the need for housing is there, but the money to pay for the work is not.

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