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An Energy-Saving Habitat

Habitat for Humanity in St. Lawrence County breaks ground today on a low-cost home in Rensselaer Falls. Thanks to a collaboration with a regional energy efficiency group, the home will use 30% less energy than a conventional one. David Sommerstein reports it could become a model for more low-income housing.  Go to full article

Disabled Rights Group Rallies for Better Housing

An activist group seeking rights for the disabled, has been making progress for better housing through protests. The group, known by the acronym, ADAPT, has in recent months shut down, for a time, parts of the State Health Department and office of the State Senate Leader. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Bug-eating Birds Avoid Development

Researchers have found that building housing along lakeshores affects the kinds of birds drawn to the area. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium?s Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Mobil Home Replacement Receives Added Funding

Additional state funding is expected to help North Country affordable housing place more people into new homes and out of substandard housing. The agency began the Mobil Home Replacement program in 1995, in Jefferson County and has since expanded its service to Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The agency has recently applied for $500,000 to help shorten the long waiting list for the program.  Go to full article

State Officials Tour Clifton-Fine

The head of the state division of Housing and Community Development Renewal got a tour of Star Lake areas as St. Lawrence County officials highlighted advances in their Northern Adirondack Revitalization Initiative. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Program Assists Mobile Home Owners

David Sommerstein reports on a program designed to help mobile home owners renovate their old trailer or buy new ones.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Housing Council Celebrates Twenty Years

The St. Lawrence County Housing Council, with a mission of helping solve rural housing needs, celebrates its 20th anniversary. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Mobile Home Replacement Program

For many, owning a home on a plot of land is the Great American Dream. And the quickest route to realizing that dream is often the most affordable option: the mobile home, or trailer. But a cheap price tag can also mean shoddy construction. Some mobile homes quickly become leaky and expensive to heat in winter, and can become fire hazards for their occupants. A successful Jefferson County program has helped families replace their old trailers with more permanent homes. And now the program is targeting substandard trailers in St. Lawrence and Lewis counties as well. But the quality and consistency of mobile homes has changed over the years, and dealers think the program gives mobile homes a bad rap. David Sommerstein has the story.

The North Country Affordable Housing Program is currently taking applications for mobile residents in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. They can be reached at (315)785-8684 or, toll free, (866)653-8724.  Go to full article

Community Energy Services Debuts

A new non-profit working to make North Country homes and buildings more energy efficient held its first meeting yesterday. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

North Country Couple Builds Straw Bale Home

Homes made of straw have come a long way since the folktale about three little pigs and a big bad wolf. As traditional building materials such as wood and drywall are getting more expensive, many environmentally aware people are turning to other materials to build their homes, not only for cost, but also for insulation, ease and visual appeal. A North Country couple chose straw construction a few years ago as an antidote to cookie-cutter home designs and to build it themselves. They also harness the power of the sun as a cure for big electric and lighting bills. It may sound primitive, but as Todd Moe found out, their Parishville home is warm and inviting  Go to full article

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