Buffalo will receive new grants of $28 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under four programs during the current fiscal year, Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, announced Tuesday.
The bulk of the money -- $21,171,000 -- will come from HUD's community development block grant program. The funds can be used to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing and economic opportunities and improve community facilities and services.
The city also will receive $5,580,000 in HUD HOME grants, under which the city will join with nonprofit groups to build, buy or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or sale to low-income residents.
HUD will give the city $751,000 in emergency shelter grants, which can be used to convert or rehabilitate buildings into shelters for the homeless.
The city also will receive and administer $352,000 in funds for Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS.
In the past, Benedict House and AIDS Community Services have received funds from this program.