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Non-Profit Report: Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation

Non-Profit Report: Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation Inc. provides safe, decent, sustainable housing for low-income families, seniors, veterans and persons with disabilities to promote their self-worth and dignity.

Sheen Housing was established on Dec. 12, 1967, to help low-income families purchase their first homes by providing loans and grants for closing costs. Over the years, programs and staff have been added to address a wider range of urban and rural housing needs. Today, an expert board directs program focus and planning with the assistance of a professional staff. 

Sheen Housing provides home repair services to decrease substandard housing conditions that threaten the health and safety of residents.  It offers homeownership opportunities and housing counseling, and provides affordable rental opportunities for families, seniors, veterans and persons with disabilities.  Its service area includes Allegany, Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates counties.

Sheen Housing programs include:

  • Emergency home repair: Sheen Housing has provided health and safety home repairs since 1968.  They include accessible home modifications for seniors, veterans and persons living with disabilities.  In more recent years, energy efficiency, green building and environmental programs have been added.
  • Homeownership: Homeownership has been the building block for strong, sustainable communities, viable schools and independent families. Homeownership promotes the well-being of the entire community. As a HUD Certified Counseling Agency, Sheen Housing provides a wide range of housing counseling services, including: pre- and post-purchase education; reverse mortgage counseling; closing costs assistance; rental and delinquency counseling; and foreclosure prevention counseling.
  • Housing development: Safe, decent, quality housing for all is indispensable for strong communities. Sheen Housing is creating and developing sustainable workforce housing opportunities within its 13-county service area. It works with local developers, community and faith-based groups, service providers and government agencies.

The executive director of Sheen Housing is Allynn Smith.  The organization, at 935 East Ave., has six employees and its website is:

Financial record    Year ended June 30, 2015
Revenue        %
Grants    $1,417,567    93
Special events    17,824    1
Contributions     45,082    3
Allocation from dioceses    34,159    2
Other    3,013    less than 1
Total revenue    $1,517,645    100

Expenses        %
Program services    $1,279,880    88
Management & general    178,719    12
Total expenses    $1,458,599    100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses    $59,046

Board of directors
Kevin LoCicero, president
Patrick Cusato; vice president
John Berry, secretary
Charles Chapin, treasurer
Joan Belgiorno
Elizabeth Biehler
Sherri Catalano
Michael Connelly
Jaime Frederes
Bruce Marche
Sumner Pearsall
Diane Stofer
Penny Wisneski
William Winterrowd

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