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CUOMO ANNOUNCES $9.1 MILLION IN HOUSING AID FOR BUFFALO, LEWISTON, ORCHARD PARK, AND WEST SENECA, NY FOR ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today awarded $9.1 million to non-profit groups in Buffalo, Lewiston, Orchard Park and West Seneca, NY to create subsidized housing for poor senior citizens and people with disabilities.
In these four cities, the $9.1 million of HUD assistance will fund construction or rehabilitation of 94 apartment units for senior citizens and four apartment units for people with disabilities, and will also provide rental assistance subsidies on all of these units for five years.
Cuomo made the announcement via TV satellite from Washington with Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello, Lewiston Township Supervisor Richard Demus, and West Seneca Supervisor Paul Clark.
Everyone receiving the housing assistance must be classified as "very low income" – meaning a household with an income of less than 50 percent of the area median. On a national basis, this amounts to an income of less than $8,000 a year.
Residents receiving the assistance pay 30 percent of their income in rent. HUD subsidies pay the remaining funds needed to operate the housing.
"This assistance can transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable Americans," Cuomo said. "Without this aid, impoverished senior citizens and people with disabilities would be forced to live in substandard conditions, in nursing homes or other institutions, or on the streets and in homeless shelters."
Nationally, Cuomo said HUD is awarding $696 million to non-profit groups in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico under the Section 202 Program for senior citizens and the Section 811 Program for people with disabilities. The 202 Program is awarding $563 million of the money and the 811 Program is awarding $133 million. The assistance will create 6,563 apartment units for the elderly and 1,650 rental units for people with disabilities around the United States, and will subsidize the units for five years.
A total of 368 groups applied for the Section 202 assistance and 166 received grants. A total of 236 groups applied for the Section 811 and 161 received grants.
HUD provides Section 202 funds to non-profits in two forms:
Here is a breakdown of the subsidized housing assistance Cuomo announced for the four communities:
SECTION 202 – ELDERLY HOUSING
Non-profit sponsor: Friendship Manor HDFC
Capital Advance: $1,521,600
Five-year rental subsidy: $336,000
Number units and project description: Project will fund new construction of a 20-unit apartment building for the elderly.
Project location: Lewiston
Project location: West Seneca
SECTION 811 – HOUSING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Non-profit sponsor: Niagara Frontier Vocational Rehabilitation Center, Inc.b Capital Advance: $309,800
Five-year rental subsidy: $67,500
Number of units and project description: Project will fund a four bedroom ranch-style home for persons with developmental disabilities.
Content Archived: January 20, 2009