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Federal grants will repair homes and roads in Town of Tonawanda

The Town of Tonawanda and the Village of Kenmore have been awarded over $1.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funds to repair homes owned by low- to moderate-income residents and for infrastructure repairs in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.

An additional $191,983 will provide assistance for major home repairs and will also aid first-time home buyers, based on income guidelines.

About $200,000, half of the total highway roads budget, will be used for road repairs in designated neighborhoods, and another $60,000 will be used for sidewalk repairs, according to Director of Planning and Development James Hartz.

About $1 million will be used for home repair loans, allowing low- to moderate-income homeowners to receive zero-interest loans to make major home repairs.

The town has received $90 million in similar federal rants since 1978.

"Without these dollars, it would lead to the deterioration of neighborhoods," Hartz said.

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