According to Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, 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 totals nearly $128 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and over $44 million in HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funding.
CDBG and HOME funds are used to address a wide range of needs and enable local governments to support affordable housing initiative, provide essential services, and expand economic development.
Locally, the city of Jamestown will get just over $1.16 million in CDBG funds and over $315,000 in HOME funding, while Dunkirk will receive $475,000 in CDBG money.
Officials in Jamestown have already started to develop the city’s action plan for spending this year’s round of money, which should be completed and made available for a public hearing some time next month.
Nearly $48 million of the CDBG money will also go to the New York State Office of Community Renewal (OCR), which will then allocate the money to various communities around the state that don’t directly qualify for CDBG money. Currently the Chautauqua County Legislature is considering County submitting a CDBG application to OCR for an Economic Development Grant in the amount of $450,000. If approved the money would go to support the development of Webb’s Chautauqua Resorts, LLC located on Route 394 in Mayville. It will hold a public hearing on the application on Wednesday night, prior to voting on it during its regular voting session.