Constituent Services
Higgins Announces in $416,004 in HUD Grants for Programs in Buffalo and Erie County
December 14, 2007

          Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, the Erie County Public Housing Authority and the Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo will receive federal grants totaling $416,004 from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


            “This funding will be used toward implementation of programs that provides struggling families and seniors with the tools to get back on their feet,” said Congressman Higgins. 


            The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) will receive $64,250, the Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo was awarded $143,600 and the Erie County Public Housing Authority has been granted $143,215 under the Housing Choice Voucher – Family Self Sufficiency (FSS8) Program.  Family self-sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that encourages communities to develop local strategies to help voucher families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency.  Public housing agencies work with social service agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program that gives participating FSS family members the skills and experience to enable them to obtain employment that pays a living wage. 


            BMHA will also receive $64,939 through HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) grant program which supplies funds for job training and supportive services to help residents of public housing transition from welfare to work. ROSS also provides funding to link elderly/disabled residents to critical services which can help them continue to live independently

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