Awards include 12 municipal projects across Erie County; county investment leverages local funding
On Monday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced the selection of 12 municipal projects for inclusion in the Erie County Consortium 2022 Community Development Block Grant. The application, which will be submitted to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for approval, recommends a total Erie County expenditure of $1,462,644.00 for the projects, an investment which will leverage $2,549,497 in local funds and in-kind resources.
“The Community Development Block Grant awards spur communities to invest in projects that improve the infrastructure and quality of life in our cities and towns,” Poloncarz said. “These funds, leveraged with other funding secured by the municipalities involved, provide the impetus for improvements all around Erie County. CDBG funding plays a critical role in revitalizing local business districts and renewing our communities, and I look forward to the completion of the projects slated for 2022.”
Congressman Brian Higgins said, “Federal Community Development Block Grant funding provides the flexibility to meet the individual needs of communities, and we see that with the variety of projects awarded across Erie County this year. From senior services to parks and public infrastructure, these grants will help make neighborhoods safer, stronger and more vibrant.”
The Erie County Consortium consists of 34 municipalities, generally located outside of the City of Buffalo and the first-ring suburbs. The City of Buffalo, along with the towns of Amherst, Cheektowaga, Hamburg, and Tonawanda are not consortium members and receive their own grant funding directly from the federal government to fund projects in their respective municipalities.
The selected 2022 projects are targeted toward a variety of building and public infrastructure improvements, which primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents. These projects include:
The projects were recommended for funding by a 16-member selection committee, including 13 supervisors and mayors from consortium communities, and three members of the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning. The committee reviewed a total of 26 projects seeking $2,479,514.00 in federal assistance.
For more information on the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, visit http://www2.erie.gov/environment/.