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The city is in line to receive more than $4.1 million in federal grants to begin a five-year plan that will benefit low-income and moderate-income residents through community development and housing improvement programs.

The grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development were announced Monday by Rep. John. J. LaFalce, the Town of Tonawanda Democrat who represents the Niagara Falls area in Congress.

The federal money will be used for housing rehabilitation, financial help for first-time home buyers, public facilities, public service and economic development.

"These new funds will enable the city to continue its efforts to provide low and moderate income families with decent, affordable housing and services," LaFalce said. He is the ranking Democrat on the House Banking and Financial Services Committee, which authorizes all HUD programs.

The city will receive $3,295,000 under the Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Program; $719,000 under the Home Investment Partnership Program; and $130,000 under the Emergency Shelter Grant Program.

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