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CDBG COVID-19 Funding

The City of Dunkirk and Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. announces the availability of funding to assist city residents with up to 3 months of past due rent or mortgage payments. Those eligible must have suffered a loss of income due to COVID-19. This assistance is available to individuals and families whose household income is less than 80% of the Area Median Income (see chart below). The household must be considered “rent-burdened,” which is defined as paying more than 30 percent of gross monthly income towards rent.


NYS COVID Rent Relief Program Eligible Income Limits

Chautauqua County 1 Person household 2 Person household 3 Person  household 4 Person household 5 Person household
$38,550 $44,400 $49,950 $55,500 $59,950


Those who are interested should contact Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. immediately by calling 716-366-8176, Monday – Friday, 8:30-4:30 PM and ask to speak to a Navigator about the City of Dunkirk Rent/Mortgage Relief Program. This funding is limited and available on a first-come first service basis. The City of Dunkirk will also be sending out foreclosure prevention and rental and mortgage assistance informational postcards to all City residents within the coming weeks.

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. (COI) is a non-profit Community Action Agency that has served low-income residents of Chautauqua County since 1965. COI serves over 3,500 households annually with services to alleviate poverty in the areas of: Housing and Community Development, Early Care and Education, the Chautauqua Child Care Council, and Health and Family Services. COI is a HUD-certified Housing Counseling Agency, a Rural Preservation Company, a Community Development Corporation, and is designated by the U.S. Department of Justice as a Credit Counseling Agency and a Provider of Bankruptcy Counseling.