Weekly Feature

2018-05-16 / Local News

Funding to assist projects, programs

Rep. Brian Higgins recently announced more than $30.3 million in federal funding, allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, for projects and programs in Western New York.

“This federal funding allows localities the flexibility to invest in targeted community driven revitalization and job creation initiatives,” Higgins said. “These resources, critical for regions like ours, will benefit neighborhoods across Western New York.”

According to Higgins’ office, Community Development Block Grants support local community development needs, such as construction of affordable housing, infrastructure and neighborhood investment, and job creation.

The Town of Tonawanda was funded by federal CDBG dollars for the amount of more than $1.66 million. This will include the demolition of eight vacant units to make way for future development, a microenterprise loan fund for small business, and home rehabilitation on 40 properties.

Through Erie County funding, the City of Tonawanda will also be able to use CDBG funds for the Intermodal Hub, Dodge Street sewer and home rehabilitation on nine properties.

Additionally, the Emergency Solutions Grants program provides funding to address homelessness. For this program, the Town of Tonawanda received $136,335.

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