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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.


 


 

  

 

 

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News:


Housing Programs:

 

  • Housing Rehabilitation Program
The Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program assists eligible owner-occupied one- to two-family households to help with essential repairs. Funded through CDBG and Home Investment Partnership Program monies, the program aims to eliminate substandard living conditions and prolong the useful life of the housing stock occupied by low- and moderate-income households. Assistance is provided in the form of repayable loans of up to $15,000 that are issued at a 0% fixed interest rate. 
For additional information, please contact Matthew at (716) 858-2733 or Matthew.Fisher@erie.gov
Please note that there is currently a waiting list for this program.
  • Rental Rehabilitation Program

This Program is available to property owners whose rental units fail to meet one or more standards as required by applicable local, state, and federal housing codes. The property owner must contribute 10% or more of the rehab cost, and rent the units to low/moderate income tenants for a period of seven years from the date of assistance. Further, the rents charged cannot exceed the fair market rents established by Erie County as determined by the federal government (see program brochure for more information). 

For additional information, please contact Matthew at (716) 858-2733 or Matthew.Fisher@erie.gov

Rental Rehabilitation 2018-4 

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  • Lead Paint Remediation Grant Program

The Lead Paint Remediation Grant Program allows low- and moderate-income homeowners who have children under the age of 6 residing in the home to make essential repairs to make their home lead safe.  A certified lead testing firm will identify areas in your home where lead paint may be hazardous. A lead certified contractor will make repairs to those areas to remediate the lead paint hazard. Financial assistance is provided in the form of a grant for the cost of repairs to remediate lead paint hazards from the home. No re-payment is required. 

For additional information, please contact Matthew at (716) 858-2733 or Matthew.Fisher@erie.gov

Housing Lead Program 2018-4 

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  • Mobile Home Repair Program

The Mobile Home Repair program provides low interest deferred loans and grants to low-income individuals residing in mobile homes. See brochure for details. For additional information, please contact Matthew at (716) 858-2733 or Matthew.Fisher@erie.gov
Please note that there is currently a waiting list for this program.

Mobile Home Repair Program 2018-4 

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  • Housing Accessibility Program

The Housing Accessibility Program allows wheelchair-bound low- and moderate-income individuals with documented disabilities that significantly impair mobility to make essential accessibility improvements to their owner-occupied home. Loan assistance of up to $5,000 is available to assist with items such as access ramp installation, re-plumbing kitchen and bath to provide access to facilities, and installing a hard surface walkway from the ramp to where the vehicle is parked. 

For additional information, please contact Matthew at (716) 858-2733 or Matthew.Fisher@erie.gov

Housing Accessibility Program 2018-4 

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  • Utility Connection Program

Through funding provided by the Erie County Community Development Block Grant Program, eligible households wishing to connect their houses to new community sewer and water lines can receive up to $5,000 to help with associated costs. Assistance is provided in the form of a 0% interest deferred loan that is not required to be paid back until the property is sold or transferred. 

For additional information, please contact Matthew at (716) 858-2733 or Matthew.Fisher@erie.gov

Utility Connection Flyer 2018-4 

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Erie County now has a local Fair Housing Law! The legislation, which was signed into law by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on May 22, 2018, incorporates the same protections as the federal and state fair housing laws while also prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity, immigration and citizenship status, and source of income. 

Go to erie.gov/FairHousing for more information.

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  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program - Homeless Prevention & Rapid Rehousing

The ESG program provides housing assistance to individuals and families who are homeless or are in jeopardy of becoming homeless.

If you are homeless or facing homelessness, please contact the Coordinated Entry System at 716-832-2141 for further information or with any questions.

Erie County ESG Program Flyer 

 



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.


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Program Year Highlights:  

  • 2019
    • Thirteen Community Projects will be funded in 2019. This represents a total of $1,522,628.
    • Projects funded are as follows:
      • City of Lackawanna –Milling and Paving of Holbrook Street - $100,000
      • City of Tonawanda – Gibson and Wheeler Street Sanitary Sewer Lining - $100,000
      • Town of Brant – Senior Center Improvements Project - $100,000
      • Town of North Collins – Lawtons Waterline Installation Project - $100,000
      • Town of Evans – Senior Center Renovations - $100,000
      • Town of West Seneca – Road Milling and Resurfacing Project:  Emporium Avenue, Eldred Avenue and Gordon Avenue- $100,000
      • Town of Boston – ADA Modifications to North Boston Town Park Restroom Building - $100,000
      • Town of Lancaster  – Senior Center Rehabilitation and ADA Improvements - $51,413
      • Town of Sardinia – Manion Park ADA Restroom Improvements - $100,000
      • Village of Gowanda – Hollywood Theater Renovations -  $100,000
      • Village of Springville – Well #1 Replacement - $100,000
      • Village of Lancaster – Smart Growth Improvements – Central Avenue - $201,215
      • 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 $317,006 as well as a Smart Growth project in the Village of Lancaster for $201,215. The Smart Growth project will fund physical improvements on Central Avenue in the Village’s Central Business District. 

 

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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



City of Lackawanna- 2018- Affordable Housing Construction-77 Center

City of Lackawanna- 2018- Affordable Housing Construction-77 Center

City of Lackawanna- 2018- Bethlehem Park Paving- 2

City of Lackawanna- 2018- Bethlehem Park Paving- 2

City of Lackawanna- 2018- Route 5 Bike Path 2

City of Lackawanna- 2018- Route 5 Bike Path

City Of Lackawanna- 2018- Veterans Park- Parking Lot Paving

City Of Lackawanna- 2018- Veterans Park- Parking Lot Paving

Commercial Center Improvement Program - 2018- T. Eden - Eat'sa Pizza

Commercial Center Improvement Program - 2018- T. Eden - Eat'sa Pizza

Commercial Center Improvement Program - 2018- T.Eden - Four Corners Cafe -2

Commercial Center Improvement Program - 2018- T.Eden - Four Corners Cafe

Commercial Center Improvement Program - 2018- V. Alden - LaPaloma Pizzeria

Commercial Center Improvement Program - 2018- V. Alden - LaPaloma Pizzeria

Commercial Center Improvement Program- 2018- V. Alden- Alden Pharmacy-1

Commercial Center Improvement Program- 2018- V. Alden- Alden Pharmacy-1

Commercial Center Improvement Program- 2018- V. Alden- Marie's Diner

Commercial Center Improvement Program- 2018- V. Alden- Marie's Diner

Housing Rehab Program- 2018- 70 Ingham - Lackawanna

Housing Rehab Program- 2018- 70 Ingham - Lackawanna

Town of Clarence- 2018- Main Street Sidewalk Installation 2

Town of Clarence- 2018- Main Street Sidewalk Installation

Town of Elma- 2018- Senior Center Foundation Repair

Town of Elma- 2018- Senior Center Foundation Repair

Village of Depew- 2018- Terrace Blvd.Manitou Sidewalk Replacement

Village of Depew- 2018- Terrace Blvd.Manitou Sidewalk Replacement

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

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

Last updated: March 4, 2019 5:05pm