SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $13 MILLION IN FED FUNDING TO AID NY STATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & AFFORDABLE HOUSING; SENATORS ALSO URGE PRESIDENT TO REVERSE COURSE AND FULLY FUND PROGRAMS NEXT YEAR

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) And The HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) Provides Essential Funds For Transformative Development Initiatives Across New York State, Has Created Good-Paying Jobs By Supporting Local Housing And Development Projects, And Investing In Neighborhood Rehabilitation

Cuts To CDBG And HOME Put First-Time Homeownership & Rehabilitation Programs, Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts, Public Facility Upgrades & Economic Development Projects All In Jeopardy

Senators: This Funding Will Help Upstate Communities Thrive And Any Cuts Would Be Devastating For Upstate New York

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $12,911,499 in federal funding for communities across NY and relaunched their push to call on President Trump, who completely decimated the programs in the recent White House FY18 budget proposal. Earlier this year Schumer and Gillibrand expressed serious concerns over the administration’s proposed elimination of all funding to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). Schumer and Gillibrand said the proposed elimination would hurt New York’s most vulnerable and put countless community development and affordable housing projects at risk across New York. Schumer promised to fight to protect the CDBG program, which recently received $3 billion from HUD, and the HOME program, which received $950 million from HUD for FY17.

“The Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Programs are non-replaceable streams of investment in essential services for area residents. They enable economic development projects and support affordable housing programs; without this federal funding, many local job-creating development projects that reversed blighted neighborhoods and boosted jobs and support for workers might not be here today. While this $12,911,499 million investment is a big win for New York, it’s also a sobering reminder of how incredibly damaging it would be if President Trump got his way and eliminated CDBG and HOME. That’s why I will fight with every fiber in my body to protect this critical investment for Upstate and make sure New York gets the federal investment we deserve in 2017 and in the future,” said Senator Schumer.

“This federal funding is a major investment for New York State and will finally let us begin making long-overdue repairs to neighborhoods all over our state,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Stable housing is essential for the health of our families and the economic strength of our communities. The CDBG program has revitalized many communities across New York and has helped create new jobs and bridge the gap in quality housing for residents in need. I will continue to fight as hard as I can to include this funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 and 2018 appropriations bills to support these essential community development projects throughout New York.”

The CDBG and HOME funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Communities in Upstate NY will use the funding to address a wide range of needs and enable local governments to support affordable housing initiatives, anti-poverty programs, and expand economic development. The CDBG program provides municipalities in New York with critical funding for transformative and unique development projects, and needed funding to leverage outside investment in job creating projects for low-income residents. The funds have played, and will continue to play, a critical role in facilitating local economic development in Upstate NY and putting local governments in a position to succeed. According to HUD, the CDBG program provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The CDBG program funds affordable housing projects, provides services to the most vulnerable members of our communities, and creates jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. The CDBG program, received $3 billion from HUD, and the HOME program, received $950 million from HUD for FY17.

Schumer and Gillibrand said both programs are critical to New York’s communities because they are capable of funding the kinds of business development, housing, and revitalization projects that that are essential to the success of these local economies. HOME funding is the primary source of funding for state and local governments to buy and rehabilitate affordable housing. The program supports a variety of first-time homebuyer incentive programs, affordable housing initiatives for low- to moderate- income families and other various neighborhood development efforts.

Schumer and Gillibrand said cuts or the proposed elimination of these two programs would make it difficult for state and local governments to acquire and rehabilitate affordable housing units. In addition, Schumer and Gillibrand argued that reducing funding for vital low-income housing programs would dramatically reduce or potentially eliminate the availability of many units. Because state and local governments rely on HOME and CDBG funding to offer and maintain affordable housing units, eliminating these programs would lead to great financial strain on the families who need these housing programs the most, and potentially increase homelessness in our communities. Schumer and Gillibrand said, if enacted, the HOME and CDBG elimination would diminish much of the progress that has been made across the state to revitalize low- and moderate- income neighborhoods.

In May, Schumer and Gillibrand fought to ensure that the bipartisan federal funding bill included funding for the CDBG and HOME programs. In June Schumer and Gillibrand announced $376,888,300in federal funding for communities across NY.  Today’s announcement is a part of the  FY17 appropriations package CDBG was allocated $3 billion, and the HOME program was awarded $950 million marking major wins for Upstate NY. Schumer and Gillibrand pledged to protect CDBG and HOME funding because both programs provide an irreplaceable source of investment for economic development and affordable housing in Upstate NY.

HOME funds are distributed to villages, towns, cities and counties across the U.S. to fund housing and development projects. According to HUD, the HOME program provides grants to states and localities that communities use, often in partnership with local nonprofit groups or development companies. These communities and organizations then fund activities such as building, buying and rehabilitating affordable housing units for rent or home ownership. HOME is the largest federal block grant provided to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing.

CDBG funds are distributed to states, counties, villages, towns, and cities across the U.S. to fund development projects. According to HUD, the CDBG program funds affordable housing projects, provides services to the most vulnerable in communities and creates jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to over 1,200 general units of local and state governments.

A list of recipients appears below:

CDBG

Name of Recipient

COUNTY

Amount

Auburn

Cayuga County

$808,936

Binghamton

Broome County

$1,716,921

Dunkirk

Chautauqua County

$448,163

Erie County

Erie County

$2,733,034

Greece

Monroe County

$388,760

Huntington

Suffolk County

$738,548

Hamburg

Erie County

$365,809

Irondequoit

Monroe County

$809,845

Monroe County

Monroe County

$1,652,909

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga County

$299,775

Union

Broome County

$1,107,693

Total

$11,070,393

 

HOME

Name of Recipient

County

Amount

Binghamton

Broome County

$ 356,682

Erie County

Erie County

$642,718

Monroe County

Monroe County

$841,706

TOTAL

$1,841,106 

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