05.02.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $26 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO AID LONG ISLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SMART GROWTH

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) And The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Provide Essential Funds For Local Development Projects Across Long Island

Senators Say These Programs Are A Huge Win For Communities Across Long Island; Senators Have Pushed To Ensure Programs Create Good-Paying Jobs By Supporting Local Smart Growth Projects And Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts

Senators: We Pledge To Protect This Funding Because CDBG and HOME Provide An Irreplaceable Source Of Investment For Economic Development Across Long Island

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $26,273,939 in federal funding for communities across Long Island. The funding was provided by the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Specifically, the funding comprises $21,390,557 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and $4,883,382 in HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funding.

“The Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Programs are vital streams of investment that support local economic development and community revitalization. Without this non-replaceable funding, many local job-creating development projects that are revitalizing Long Island communities might not be here today,” said Senator Schumer. “The more than $26 million in funding is a big win for Long Island and will help more communities create good paying jobs, deliver essential services to families and seniors, and support smart growth efforts. I will continue to fight day in and day out to protect this critical investment for our communities and make sure Long Island gets the federal investment it needs and deserves.”

“The CDBG Program and the HOME Investment Partnership Program both play a crucial role in promoting local economic development and expanding affordable housing, and I am very pleased to announce this federal funding to support these projects across Long Island,” said Senator Gillibrand. “With this funding, Long Island communities will be able to build on their efforts to revitalize communities, create new jobs, and attract even more investment – all while helping ensure that housing can be accessible for all Long Islanders. I will always fight to make sure that our communities can get the support and resources they need to thrive.”

“These federal dollars will enable Suffolk County to revitalize communities and construct affordable housing without burdening the local taxpayer. I thank Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for securing over $1.2 million dollars for Suffolk residents to make the necessary improvements at the local level,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

“I would like to thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for their commitment, leadership and advocacy in providing these critical funds to support and revitalize affordable housing for the Long Island region,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “Thanks to this important federal funding, Nassau can support a variety of initiatives and programs that include the completion of a 5-Year Consolidated Plan of the County’s Housing Affordability Study. This study will guide us in making funding decisions that will impact the County for years to come.”

“CDBG and HOME investment funding is a vital component to Town of Babylon programs that provide infrastructure upgrades, resident home improvement assistance and support for senior citizens and the disabled. On behalf of the Babylon Town Board, I would like to thank Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for their continued commitment to the residents of Long Island,” said Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer.

“Federal CDBG and HOME funds benefit residents across Brookhaven by providing the resources needed for programs ranging from residential rehabilitation and transportation for soup kitchens to programs for local teens and improvements to local streets, parks and downtown areas,” said Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine. “I want to thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Rep. Lee Zeldin for their leadership as Brookhaven’s federal delegation in advocating for these programs and providing these needed funds.”

“This money goes through our Community Development Agency to provide free residential repairs for qualifying senior citizens and funding for agencies which provide housing services and assistance for residents in our low income communities. This funding also stresses the importance of participating in the 2020 Census, as the more residents respond, the more tax dollars we pay into the Federal government will come back and be invested in our community,” said Huntington Town Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci.

“I welcome the increased Community Development Block Grant funds awarded to the Islip Community Development Agency (CDA). The Town of Islip has historically been a leader in creating affordable housing opportunities for its residents and in using these federal funds to benefit homeowners and businesses in targeted communities. We thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for delivering the funding that allows Islip to continue this important work,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.

Communities on Long Island will use the funding to address a wide range of needs and enable local governments to support affordable housing initiatives, provide essential services, and expand economic development. The CDBG program provides municipalities on Long Island with critical funding for transformative and unique development projects and needed funding to leverage outside investment in job creation projects. The funds continue to play a critical role in facilitating local economic development on Long Island and helping local governments succeed.

HOME funding is the primary source of funding for state and local governments to buy and rehabilitate affordable housing. According to HUD, the HOME program provides grants to states and localities that communities use, often in partnership with local nonprofit groups or development companies. These communities and organizations then fund activities such as building, buying and rehabilitating affordable housing units for rent or homeownership. HOME is the largest federal block grant provided to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing.

Both programs are critical to Long Island’s communities because they are capable of funding the kinds of economic development, housing, and revitalization projects that are essential to the success of these local economies, Schumer and Gillibrand added.

Today’s announcement is a result of the FY19 appropriations package, which allocated $3.3 billion to the CDBG program and $1.25 billion to the HOME program. Schumer and Gillibrand pledged to protect CDBG and HOME funding because both programs provide an irreplaceable source of investment for economic development and affordable housing on Long Island.

A breakdown of the funding appears below:

CDBG

Name of Recipient

FY 2019 Amount

Babylon Town

$1,049,399

Brookhaven Town

$2,219,415

Huntington Town

$841,740

Islip Town

$2,017,638

Nassau County

$14,027,286

Suffolk County

$1,235,079

HOME

Name of Recipient

FY 2019 Amount

Babylon Town

$426,021

Brookhaven Town

$893,594

Islip Town

$648,122

Nassau County

$2,280,375

Suffolk County

$635,270

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