Community Development

The Planning Division administers the Erie County Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partner

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The Planning Division administers the Erie County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 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 projectshousing programs, and economic development programs. The Community Development program year runs from April 1st through March 31st.

News:

Housing Programs:

  • Housing Rehabilitation Program
  • Rental Rehabilitation Program
  • Mobile Home Repair Program
  • Housing Accesibility Program
  • Utility Connection Program
  • Fair Housing Program

Reports & Documents:

  • Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing based on a person’s race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. Persons who are protected from discrimination by fair housing laws are referred to as members of the protected classes. Equal and free access to residential housing (housing choice) is a fundamental right that enables members of the protected classes to pursue personal, educational, employment or other goals. Because housing choice is so critical to personal development, fair housing is a goal that government, public officials and private citizens must embrace if equality of opportunity is to become a reality.

HUD defines an impediment to fair housing choice as any actions, omissions or decisions that restrict or have the effect of restricting the availability of housing choices, based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.

The Analysis of Impediments (AI) serves as the basis for fair housing planning, provides essential information to policy makers, administrative staff, housing providers, lenders, and fair housing advocates, and assists in building public support for fair housing efforts. The governmental bodies of the five jurisdictions will review the AI and use it for direction, leadership and resources for future fair housing planning. The AI will also serve as a point-in-time baseline against which future progress in terms of implementing fair housing initiatives will be evaluated and recorded.

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice report will be reviewed by the members of the Consortium in June.


 

Program Year Community Development and Housing Highlights: 

  • 2018
    • Twelve Community Projects will be funded in 2018. This represents a total of $1,374,434. Projects funded are as follows:
      • City of Lackawanna – Madison Avenue, Jackson Avenue and Elm Street Milling and Paving Project - $100,000
      • City of Tonawanda – Wheeler Street Sanitary Sewer Lining - $100,000
      • Town of Grand Island – Town Hall Handicap Accessible Elevator - $100,000
      • Town of North Collins – Lawtons Water Project - $100,000
      • Town of Marilla – Town Hall Handicap Accessible Elevator Installation -$91,080
      • Town of West Seneca – Road Milling and Resurfacing Project: Benson Avenue, Dirkson Avenue and Wichita Road - $100,000
      • Town of Elma – Senior Center Roof and Building Rehabilitation - $62,670
      • Town of Newstead – Kitchen Equipment for Newstead Senior Center - $25,684
      • Village of Lancaster – Brady Avenue and Cambria Street Sanitary Sewer  Reconstruction - $100,000
      • Village of Alden – Elm Street Sidewalk Replacement - $100,000
      • 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.  A new program that began in 2017 is the Lead Remediation Program.  This is a grant program for homeowners with children under the age of 6 with lead hazards in the home.
      • Three economic development projects will be funded this year. This represents a total of $157,019, as well as a Smart Growth project in the Village of Alden for $325,000. The Smart Growth project will fund physical improvements to the north side of Broadway in the Village’s Central Business District.  Improvements will include sidewalk replacement, new benches and lighting.
      • Two significant smart growth projects were completed in 2017 within the Villages of Angola and Gowanda. The project in the Village of Angola included construction of a sidewalk on Mill Street and the installation of ADA accessible playground equipment at Herman Park.  The project in the Village of Gowanda involved improvements to South Water Street at Creekside Park.  Those improvements included parking lot paving, new curbs, benches and lighting.


 



Town of West Seneca- Road Paving project- Woodlane and Chamberlin Streets.

Town of West Seneca - 2015 - Road paving project - Woodlane and Chamberlin Streets

Town of West Seneca- Road Paving project- Woodlane and Chamberlin Streets.

Town of West Seneca - 2015 - Road paving project - Woodlane and Chamberlin Streets

Home Rehabilitation Loan Program - Before

Before

Home Rehabilitation Loan Program - After

After: Roof and siding replacement. Home Rehabilitation Loan Program

Home Rehabilitation Loan Program - Before

Before

Home Rehabilitation Loan Program - After: Roof and siding replacement

After: Roof and siding replacement. Home Rehabilitation Loan Program.

Town of Alden Senior Van

Town of Alden Senior Van

CDBG Projects - 2015 - City of Lackawanna - Road paving project - Wilkesbarre, Wilson, Olcott, and Kane Streets

City of Lackawanna - 2015 -Road paving project - Wilkesbarre, Wilson, Olcott, and Kane Streets

2015 - City of Lackawanna - Road paving project - Wilkesbarre Streets

City of Lackawanna - 2015 - Road paving project - Wilkesbarre Street

Town of West Seneca - 2015 - Road Reconstruction - Stephenson Road

 Town of West Seneca - 2015 - Road Reconstruction - Stephenson Road

Town of Evans - Sidewalk installation project - Kennedy Street

Town of Evans - 2015 - Sidewalk installation project - Kennedy Street

Village of Springville - 2015 - Smart Growth project - Streetscape Amenities

Village of Springville - 2015 - Smart Growth project - Streetscape Amenities

 

Village of Springville - 2015 - Smart Growth project - Street Aesthetics and Safety Improvements

Village of Springville - 2015 - Smart Growth project - Streetscape Improvements

Village of Springville - 2015 - Smart Growth project - Streetscape Improvements

Gowanda Creekside Park

Village of Gowanda Creekside Park Improvements 2015 Smart Growth Project

Angola Park Improvement

Village of Angola, 2017 Mill Street Sidewalks and Park Improvement Smart Growth Project



Last updated: February 2, 2018 2:59pm