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Applications being accepted for housing voucher program

NIAGARA FALLS -- The city's leased housing office will be accepting applications for the waiting list of its housing choice voucher program from Monday to June 15.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and helps provide rental assistance to low-income families.

Applications can be obtained at www.niagarafallsusa.org under the News & Announcements section starting Saturday or may be picked up at the Carnegie Building, 1022 Main St., starting Monday.

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Guitar Days honors entrants, judges in Falletta competition

The Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY and D'Youville Porter Campus School will host Guitar Days, a musical event in honor of judges and competitors in the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.

Guitar Days will be held Friday for invited guests and includes a reception at 11:45 a.m. There also will be guitar performances by the competitors, followed by a luncheon at 1 p.m.

The reception, performance and luncheon will be held in the school, 255 Porter Ave.

The semifinals for the guitar competition will be held in WNED Studios and will air live on WNED-TV and Classical 94.5 WNED at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The finals will be held Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall.

Tickets are available for both the semifinals and the finals. Call 885-5000 or visit bpo.org.

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Re-Tree WNY gets $50,000 from Oishei Foundation

The John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded Re-Tree WNY a $50,000 grant to replant trees along streets and in parks.

"The volunteers of Re-Tree WNY will be getting a great boost in 2012 because of Oishei's agreement to provide badly needed funds to continue our reforesting from the October 2006 storm," said James Pavel, president of Keep Western New York Beautiful, which oversees the reforesting effort.

Re-Tree WNY is 6,000 trees short of its five-year target of replacing 30,000 trees damaged by the surprise snowstorm.

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Financial literacy program awarded $412,685 grant

A local organization that provides financial coaches to low-income families has been awarded a $412,685 federal grant toward its mission.

The Service Collaborative of WNY was awarded the AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, Rep. Brian Higgins announced last week.

"In today's economy, it is so important that people have the skills and resources necessary to manage their money and save for the future," Higgins said in a news release.

In providing low-income families financial coaches, the agency seeks to help families attain financial stability. About 10,000 Buffalo residents have taken part in the financial literacy program.