U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $5.4 million in federal funding for housing authorities throughout five counties in Central New York.
The funding has been allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Capital Fund Program, and will be used to modernize and develop public housing, Schumer said.
The Syracuse Housing Authority in Onondaga County will receive the majority of the funds, at $3 million; while the neighboring Utica and Rome Housing Authorities in Oneida County will receive $1.7 million.
“This is great news!” said William Simmons, executive director of the Syracuse Housing Authority. “These dollars go a long way to continue to preserve Public Housing units here in the city of Syracuse.”
The remainder of the funds will be split between Cayuga, Cortland and Madison Counties, at $67,657; $442,072; and $145,589, respectively.
“Having a roof over your head is one of life’s basic necessities, so we must do everything we can to help provide those truly in need with a place to live,” Schumer stated. “This federal funding will help support affordable housing initiatives throughout Central New York that assist needy families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities to find an affordable place to live.”
Additionally, “All New Yorkers should have a place to live that is safe and affordable,” said Gillibrand. “This critical funding will help ensure Central New York families and seniors have access to safe affordable housing options and that the community’s needs are met.”
HUD’s Office of Capital Improvement administers the Capital Fund program, which provides funds annually to public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country.
PHAs may use Capital Fund grants for development, financing, modernization, and management improvements.
Assistance must be used to modernize and/or develop public housing and must comply with the eligible activities of Section 9(d) of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937.