Buffalo will receive $13.7 million in federal funding from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Program, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced.
Communities in New York State, including Amherst, which will receive $593,000, use the funding for everything from housing repairs to street paving.
President Trump left the $3.3 billion program out of his budget proposal – just like he did in 2017 – but as congressional leaders predicted, it was restored.
The Trump administration doubts the program’s effectiveness, and investigative reporting and HUD audits have revealed serious problems with how local governments have administered the block grants.
But local leaders have said they can’t do without the Community Development Block Grant program. Schumer said the funding will be a shot in the arm for localities across upstate New York.
“The Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Programs are vital streams of investment that support local economic development, community revitalization and affordable housing," Schumer said in a statement. "Without this nonreplaceable funding, many local job-creating development projects that turned around upstate communities and boosted jobs might not be here today.”