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Affordable housing projects get $1.4 million from state

The state is channeling $1.4 million for affordable housing projects in Erie County.

State Sen. Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan, both Democrats, said the funding will be distributed to four nonprofit groups, one each in Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lackawanna and a group representing the interests of rural communities in the Southtowns. The funds are provided through the Affordable Housing Corp., which is a part of New York State Homes and Community Renewal, and are aimed at improving neighborhoods while creating construction jobs.

West Side Neighborhood Housing Services will receive $400,000 for the rehabilitation of 15 affordable units in Buffalo; Cheektowaga will receive $450,000 for the rehabilitation of 30 affordable units; and Lackawanna Housing Development Corp., $300,000 to rehabilitate 33 affordable housing units. The Southtowns Rural Preservation Company will receive $250,000 for the rehabilitation of 25 affordable units in Erie County.

“These funds will help low-income families rehabilitate their homes, correct any City of Buffalo code violations and make their homes safe and affordable,” said Linda Chiarenza, executive director of West Side Neighborhood Housing Services.