Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,336,189 in federal funding for Western New York housing authorities. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will help support the housing authorities in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties to develop, finance, and modernize their public housing facilities for people within the community. The Senators said these public housing agencies are tasked with providing safe rental housing for low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities, and this funding will allow them to improve facilities for those people in most need.
“Having a roof over your head is one of life’s basic necessities, so we must do everything we can to help provide those truly in need with a place to live. This federal funding will help support affordable housing initiatives throughout Western New York that assist needy families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities to find an affordable place to live,” said Senator Schumer.
“All New Yorkers should have a place to live that is safe and affordable,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This critical funding will help ensure Western New York families and seniors have access to safe affordable housing options and that our community’s needs are met.”
The following housing agencies will receive federal funding through this Capital Fund Program through HUD:
– Olean Housing Authority in Cattaraugus County will receive $414,113.
– Dunkirk Housing Authority in Chautauqua County will receive $265,298.
– Jamestown Housing Authority in Chautauqua County will receive $214,659.
– Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority in Erie County will receive $7,795,773.
– Kenmore Municipal Housing Authority in Erie County will receive $209,169.
– Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority in Erie County will receive $798,870.
– Niagara Falls Housing Authority in Niagara County will receive $1,182,423.
– Lockport Municipal Housing Authority in Niagara County will receive $455,884.
HUD’s Office of Capital Improvement administers the Capital Fund program, which provides funds annually to more than 3,000 public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country. PHAs may use Capital Fund grants for development, financing, modernization, and management improvements. Assistance must be used to modernize and/or develop public housing and must comply with the eligible activities of Section 9(d) of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937.