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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.
ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Senior Services (“ECDSS”) has announced plans to initiate an expansion of the department’s popular congregate dining program to include select local restaurants as dining options.
A $375,000 federal grant received by the Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc. (WEDI) will help increase healthy food choices and strengthen the local food network by expanding and enhancing programs at the West Side Bazaar.
The effort will strengthen connections with local farmers, provide healthy cooking classes, and boost environmentally sustainable practices at the Bazaar.
“First and foremost, I commend the work of Canadian and United States intelligence and law enforcement agencies for successful efforts to thwart an attack on our nations. The US and Canada, linked literally and figuratively by bridges of peace, remain vigilant partners in our efforts to impede terrorists actions on our soil.