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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Western New York will receive over $19.939 million in federal emergency funding to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently approved by Congress to address urgent public health and economic crisis.
Higgins said, “These allocations allow for community-driven decision making on how federal resources can be best utilized to help our neighbors and neighborhoods during this public health emergency.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a complete halt of community and business activity for many in Western New York. Until the pandemic risk subsides, many businesses will continue to be interrupted. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) supported relief to small businesses through emergency legislation, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economy Security (CARES) Act, and is providing details to help local businesses access available resources.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the White House has authorized a federal disaster declaration for New York State. The action will allow for the flow of additional federal funding to address the urgent needs of the state and local governments in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Under the order, New York State will be provided further federal resources under the following categories:
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program has awarded almost $12.3 million in federal funding to Western New York organizations to assist in their mission to end homelessness in the region.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz provided testimony before the House Budget Committee, of which Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is a member, during a hearing in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 15, titled: “Why Federal Investments Matter: Stability from Congress to State Capitals.”
This fiscal year the federal government will provide roughly $750 billion in grants, through a variety of programs, to state and local governments – representing an estimated 3.4 percent of Gross Domestic Product and 16 percent of all federal spending.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a $1.5 million federal grant awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor to The Service Collaborative of Western New York for their Western New York YouthBuild: Leaders Under Construction Program.
YouthBuild combines education and job skill development for at-risk youth ages 16-24. The Service Collaborative was one of only 67 grant recipients sharing $85 million in YouthBuild grants nationwide.
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins and City of Niagara Falls officials opened the Hyde Park Inclusionary Playground. The new play space was designed for children of all mobility and behavioral abilities and gained community support via the Niagara Falls Community Development Department’s participatory budgeting process.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) responded to President Trump’s draconian budget proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program founded in 1974 that currently provides over $22.73 million in federal funding to municipalities in Erie County and Western New York.
While Congressman Brian Higgins can’t be in Buffalo for the grand opening of the historic Shea’s Seneca building on January 10, 2019, he celebrated the restoration of the landmark from Washington, D.C. Higgins, who grew up in South Buffalo, recalls the days when Shea’s Seneca served as an anchor for a bustling Seneca Street. The Congressman cited the value of historic tax credits in encouraging investment in preservation projects like this one, which are restoring older buildings and re-energizing the surrounding neighborhoods.