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2 WNY agencies to receive housing grants


The state is allocating $40 million toward supportive housing projects to help domestic violence victims, low-income workers and the homeless. The projects will provide 276 more supportive housing units across the state.

Two agencies with projects in Western New York will receive some of the funds. Housing Vision Consultants’ Walnut Avenue Homes project in Niagara Falls has been awarded $1.67 million, and Cattaraugus Community Action was awarded about $1.26 million.

In April, the Walnut Avenue project also was awarded $2.9 million in state funding for the revitalization of eight properties – five vacant lots, three vacant residential buildings, a vacant school administration building and a warehouse – along Walnut Avenue and 5th, 6th and 7th streets. When complete, it will have 41 housing units, 15 of which will be set aside for supportive housing. The YWCA of Niagara is a partner in the project.

The Cattaraugus project is an ongoing effort to include eight units of housing for the homeless in the CCA headquarters in Salamanca. The 1909 building is in need of renovation and upgrades, which this grant will partially fund.

The funding comes through the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program.

The program serves special needs populations, including veterans, displaced youth and adults with disabling mental health conditions.

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