Originally a component of Lewis County Opportunities, Inc., Snow Belt Housing Company, Inc. (SBHCI) was formally incorporated in 1982 as a separate private, non-profit Rural Preservation Company. It is the mission and intent of SBHCI to facilitate access to decent, safe and affordable housing for low and moderate income residents and partner with others to catalyze community revitalization throughout Lewis County.
SBHCI applies for and receives federal, state and local grant funding in order to deliver housing and community renewal activities to income eligible, county residents and also assists with planning and development of capital projects. Active programs include, but are not limited to, the Property Rehabilitation Program, Homeless Prevention Program and Property Management. SBHCI applies annually for competitive funding from the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, under the Rural Preservation Program (RPP). RPP funding roughly in the amount of $89,000 a year supports operating funds for nonprofit organizations that perform housing and community renewal activities in designated low-income service areas.
Snow Belt staff includes six full-time and three part-time employees based in the Lowville office and services are governed by an eight-member voluntary Board of Directors. An analysis of the funding, for various services and activities, revealed that over $21 million has been invested in Lewis County since 1982, with at least one project completed in every town.