The Planning Division administers the Erie County Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Consortiums. These comprise 34 and 37 communities, respectively, in Erie County that have banded together to receive federal funds. These monies are used for a variety of community planning/improvement projects, housing programs, and economic development programs. The Community Development program year runs from April 1st through March 31st.
Public Hearing dates for the 2016 Draft Action Plan for Community Development
Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m., Lackawanna Public Library, Community Room, 560 Ridge Road, Lackawanna
Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m., Hamburg Town Hall, Lobby, 6100 South Park Avenue, Hamburg
Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m., City of Tonawanda, Court Room, 200 Niagara Street, Tonawanda
2016 Program Year Community Development and Housing Highlights
- Ten Community Projects will be funded this year. This represents approximately 32% of the entitlement grant allocation for a total of $1,160,452. Projects funded are as follows:
- Town of Lancaster, Senior Van Acquisition: $50,352
- Town of Brant, Senior/Community Center ADA Improvements: $18,750
- City of Tonawanda, Erie Road Sanitary Sewer Relining: $100,000
- Village of Depew, Bloomfield, Warsaw, Calumet Sidewalk Replacement : $100,000
- City of Lackawanna, Center Street Reconstruction: $100,000
- Town of West Seneca, Birchwood, N. Covington, Burch and Grace Streets Road Reconstruction: $100,000
- Village of North Collins, Road Reconstruction: $100,000
- Town of Clarence, Main Street Sidewalk Installation: $100,000
- Village of Akron, Hoag Avenue Sidewalk/Curb Replacement: $66,450
- Village of Gowanda, Hollywood Theater Restoration Improvements: $65,900
- Town of Grand Island, Former Nike Base Demolition Project: $89,000
- Various Communities, Rural Transit Service: $270,000
- Infrastructure improvements within low/moderate-income areas of the Consortium will continue to be a focus. Projects include sidewalk replacements, water/sewer work, and street improvements.
- The Rural Transit Service (RTS) Program operates within 25 of the 34 Consortium municipalities. It is a popular and successful human service for low/moderate-income residents as well as senior citizens.
- The Housing Rehabilitation, Rental Rehabilitation, and Mobile Home Repair programs continue to be very successful with wait lists in effect for each program. Priority is given to those residing in target areas and older housing stock, as well as having lower incomes. The Rental Rehabilitation Program will assist in improving more homes this year.
- Three economic development projects will be funded this year. This represents approximately 22% of the entitlement grant allocation for a total of $597,895, as well as a Smart Growth project in the City of Tonawanda for $325,000. This project will fund improvements to a municipal parking lot adjacent to the City's central business district. Other projects will include demolition of blighted structures in strategic locations and improvements to neighborhood facilities in central business districts.
A significant smart growth project was completed in 2015 within the Village of Springville. This project included streetscape improvements on Franklin and Mechanic Streets within the central business district with improved walkability, enhanced pedestrian safety, and improved corridor aesthetics. Franklin Street was shortened to allow for more pedestrian friendly sidewalks as part of the project. The project utilized over $687,000 in federal and local funds.
Reports & Documents:
2016 Draft Action Plan for Community Development
Community Development Block Grant 2014 FINAL Consolidated Annual Performance Report
Community Development Block Grant 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and 2015 Action Plan