Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,173,257 million in funding for four housing authorities in the Rochester Finger Lakes area. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Capital Fund Program and will be used to modernize and develop public housing throughout Genesee, Monroe, Ontario and Wayne Counties.
“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 the Rochester-Finger Lakes area 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 Rochester and Western New York families and seniors have access to safe affordable housing options and that the community’s needs are met.”
“This award represents continued funding for our Capital Fund Program at the Geneva Housing Authority, and is an increase over the 2014 grant,” said Andrew Tyman, CEO of the Geneva Housing Authority. “The funding will be used for deferred maintenance and small capital projects at Elmcrest Apartments, Courtyard Apartments, and our Scattered Site program. GHA is pleased to see that HUD has awarded us this funding and is now recognizing our increased capital needs.”
Funding will be used for various housing authorities throughout Central New York. The full list of organizations receiving funding is below:
· $209,814 for the Batavia Housing Authority in Genesee County
· $3,502,637 for the Rochester Housing Authority in Monroe County
· $258,756 for the Geneva Housing Authority in Ontario County
· $202,050 for the Newark Housing Authority in Wayne County
HUD’s Office of Capital Improvement administers the Capital Fund program, which provides funds annually 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.