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More on Housing

Sep 10, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced two Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) grants totaling $500,000 awarded to Housing Opportunities Made Equal Inc. (HOME). Funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, FHIP grants help experienced non-profits, as well as state and local governments agencies, execute fair housing enforcement to eliminate discriminatory housing practices.

May 5, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a staunch advocate for measures aimed at strengthening the relationship between the United States and Canada, expressed deep concern about a measure in Canada’s Budget 2021 that imposes an additional 1% tax on non-Canadian residential property owners. 

Feb 10, 2021 Press Release

The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, on which Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) serves, will begin the process of considering measures included in the next COVID-19 disaster relief package.

Congressman Higgins said, “Americans are eager to return to the life we knew pre-pandemic. While many things may never be the same, quick action on this package can help protect people from the disease and uplift struggling families, businesses and communities.”

Feb 3, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval in the House of Representatives of the 2021 Budget Resolution, the first step in passing President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

Dec 21, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved a major COVID disaster relief package providing urgent resources to families, businesses and communities.

Dec 9, 2020 Press Release

As negotiations continue on the next COVID relief package, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is pressing for the legislation to include a moratorium on evictions and rental assistance for property owners.

Dec 7, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced over $2.8 million in funding made available through the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York toward the development of affordable housing in Western New York. 

“Thriving communities require access to quality, affordable housing,” said Higgins.  “These Federal Home Loan Bank awards will go a long way in supporting local projects that are providing safe, affordable home options for families and seniors.”

The following local projects will receive awards:

Oct 28, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino joined Pinnacle Community Services, Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, the Homeless Alliance of Western New York and other community partners to announce over $1.22 million and a coordinated community effort to address youth homelessness in Niagara County. 

Sep 25, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Brian Higgins today announced $15,430,102.46 in federal funding for lead hazard reduction in nearly 900 households across New York State. The funding was administered through Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Lead Hazard Reduction and Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program.

Jul 31, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved an appropriation package funding various government programs and operations for fiscal year 2021. 

“These are challenging times for our nation,” Higgins said.  “This legislation invests in our communities and builds a path to a healthier and stronger America.”

Below are highlights of the package with a focus on several aspects important to Western New York: 

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