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Higgins Announces More Than $1.624 Million Toward Rental Assistance for Housing Choice Voucher Recipients

May 6, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced over $1.624 million in federal coronavirus relief toward housing assistance for very low-income Western New Yorkers.

Higgins said, “Household budgets have been stretched thin as a result of the ongoing pandemic.  This supplemental funding continues the Housing Choice Voucher program goal of supporting safe and healthy living conditions as we continue to follow stay-at-home guidelines.”

The CARES Act, approved by Congress on March 27th, provided $1.25 billion for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, which funds the Housing Choice Voucher program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Housing Choice Vouchers provide assistance with safe and affordable housing to very low-income seniors, families and disabled individuals.  The vouchers are administered by public housing agencies but recipients are free to choose housing outside of traditional public housing units that meet program requirements.  The program is for those with an annual gross income less than 50% of the median income.

Below is a breakdown of assistance provided to Western New York:

Recipient

Award Amount

Town of Amherst

$652,806

City of Buffalo

$640,892

Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

$162,890

City of Niagara Falls

$93,226

City of North Tonawanda

$74,840

TOTAL

$1,624,654

 

This funding is in addition to the $3.856 million announced by Congressman Higgins to support measures to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic in public housing. 

 

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