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$2.7 million for Western New York to implement new strategic housing programs

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 8, 2020
More than $2.7 million in grants will go to the Cities of Buffalo, Rochester, and Niagara Falls as part of the Cities for Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement (“Cities RISE”) program in New York.
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The program provides municipalities the funding to launch innovative programs related to housing and strategic code enforcement. Cities RISE aims to innovatively address and transform blighted, vacant, or poorly maintained problem properties through the use of housing and community data from various state agencies.

Topics: New York housing

The City of Niagara Falls will receive $882,625 for the establishment of a call-in center to streamline code enforcement response and effectiveness, the creation of a ticketing system to link code violators with other forms government services, and the development of a fund dedicated to assisting low to moderate income homeowners stuck in housing court primarily due to their financial status.

The City of Buffalo, which is set to receive $953,983, will primarily use the grant to pioneer a nationally innovative approach to differentiate response to property owner-occupants who lack means to care for their homes from landlords who have demonstrated an unwillingness to fix their properties and will capitalize a loan fund to help provide resources to local low-income property owners in need.

The City of Rochester will receive $900,000 to fund a robust data and analytic tool to increase the capacity of code enforcement operations, establish an emergency abatement fund for those who would like to remain in their homes but lack the funds to address health and safety violations, and fund eviction prevention counseling in collaboration with the local housing authority.