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$1.36 million federal grant awarded for homeless shelter for women, children

A $1.36 million grant has been awarded to the Matt Urban Center of Buffalo to help finance the Hope House project, which involves the conversion of a former public school into supportive housing for homeless women. The award was announced Thursday by Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.

The Hope House project at 243 Sears St. in Buffalo’s Fillmore District will convert former School 57 into a homeless shelter for about 50 single women and/or women with children; 18 units of permanent supportive housing for single women; a community health clinic; the Matt Urban Hope Center and Urban Diner by Friends of Night People; and a large food pantry. The total project cost is about $12 million.

“The Matt Urban Center’s Hope House project meets a community need through a collaborative effort that will change lives and truly give new hope to the women it serves,” Higgins said in a news release. “This $1.36 million federal investment through the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York provides a substantial base from which the project will move forward.”