Higgins Announces Nearly $20 Million in COVID-19 Emergency Funding for Western New York Communities
Washington, DC, April 3, 2020
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.”
Local municipalities will receive more than $13.76 million in COVID-19 emergency funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), eligible cities, towns and counties are awarded CDBG resources to support local community development needs, such as affordable housing, infrastructure investment, and job creation.
HUD provided guidance for eligible activities to support infectious disease response. Potential uses include:
Western New York communities will also receive over $6.1 million through the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program, which supports programs to assist the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless. Both, CDBG and ESG allocations are formula-based utilizing 2010 Census data.
For additional information and resources related to COVID-19 visit Congressman Higgins’ website at: https://higgins.house.gov/issues/coronavirus-disease.