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Jul 10, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling for immediate review and reconsideration of a decision to block residents of Frederick Douglass homes in Buffalo from access to outdoor water. Higgins has heard from multiple residents about this issue and reached out to agencies to try to resolve the urgent matter. 

The property is owned by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) and managed by Cornerstone Property Managers. 

Jul 8, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will allocate funding to address housing discrimination in Western New York through the Fair Housing Initiatives Program.

Jul 1, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The bill, co-sponsored by Higgins, dedicates more than $1.5 trillion to rebuilding America’s infrastructure and creating American jobs.

Infrastructure moving forward

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Jul 1, 2020 Press Release

As National Homeownership Month comes to a close, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is making a push to approve H.R. 3316, the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act (NHIA), legislation he is sponsoring with Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA-3) designed to encourage investment in distressed neighborhoods.

Jun 30, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced passage of H.R. 7301, the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020. The bill works to prevent evictions, foreclosures, and unsafe housing conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Western New Yorkers are at risk of homelessness due to this unprecedented economic crisis and the provisions in this bill will help both renters and homeowners during this emergency,” Higgins said. “This federal funding is vital to prevent a bad situation from getting worse.”

Jun 24, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released details on the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), newly unveiled legislation co-sponsored by Higgins that dedicates more than $1.5 trillion to rebuilding America’s infrastructure and creating American jobs.

Jun 23, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced NeighborWorks® Community Partners Niagara Falls will receive a $14,969 grant through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing Counseling program. 

Higgins said, “Navigating the home buying process is confusing and convoluted.  NeighborWorks® Community Partners Niagara Falls is there to help guide residents through the process.”

Jun 9, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that Western New York will receive more than $4.4 million in additional federal aid to combat and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Higgins said, “This federal funding, included in the CARES Act, is targeted to help communities address public health needs for people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.  The latest allocation brings the total awarded to Western New York for this purpose to over $10.5 million.”

May 27, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced skilled nursing facilities in Western New York will receive more than $20 million in federal emergency funding to address increased expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Nursing homes, by their very mission, serve those most at-risk of serious consequences as a result of infection due to age, pre-existing conditions and close proximity,” said Congressman Higgins.  “This funding provides needed resources to help facilities meet the challenges of prevention and protection against COVID-19.”

May 26, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $34,561 to Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) and $65,073 to the City of Buffalo in federal funding to assist in providing affordable housing to non-elderly people living with disabilities through the Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program. This brings total affordable housing federal emergency relief supporting Buffalo residents to over $16 million: $3,044,512 for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and $13,120,017 for the City of Buffalo.

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