WHITE PLAINS, NY — Congressman Eliot Engel, a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today announced the cities of Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, and Yonkers have been awarded federal grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) totaling more than $8.7 million for FY 2018.
“Affordable housing is such a critical issue here in New York, especially for residents in Westchester,” Engel said. “These federal dollars will allow Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, and Yonkers to develop more affordable housing options, fight homelessness, and help keep working families in their communities.
“I have consistently fought for robust funding for these HUD programs, and will continue advocating for additional federal dollars to help expand affordable housing options in my district.”
The HUD money is broken down into 3 different types of grant programs: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and the HOME Program. The amount each community received for each grant can be found in the table below:
The Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program provides annual grants to States and local units of government to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program provides funding to engage homeless individuals and families living on the street; improve the number, quality and operations of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families; provide essential services to shelter residents; rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families; and prevent families/individuals from becoming homeless.
The HOME program helps to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing to low- and very low-income families by providing grants to States and local governments to fund housing programs that meet local needs and priorities.