City housing awarded $159K

AMSTERDAM — The Amsterdam Housing Authority was recently awarded $159,456 as part of a more than $5 million in emergency funding for upstate New York Public Housing Authorities.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced on Wednesday $5,369,148 in funding allocated in the American Rescue Plan for 16 Public Housing Authorities across upstate New York. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and will support tenant-based rental assistance for individuals who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness, or who are fleeing from domestic violence, human trafficking, or sexual assault. EHVs are tenant-based rental assistance found under section 8(o) of the United States Housing Act of 1937. Twenty-one Public Housing Authorities throughout New York State were awarded a total of 9,925 EHVs.

“Every New Yorker deserves a safe and secure place to call home, and this federal investment helps public housing authorities address the scourge of housing insecurity in communities across Upstate,” said state Sen. Schumer. “When I led the American Rescue Plan to passage in the Senate, I specifically added provisions to address housing issues that have been amplified as a result of the COVID pandemic that will support affordable housing, especially for our most vulnerable residents. Access to safe and reliable housing is a fundamental right and I will not stop fighting and delivering for New Yorkers experiencing housing insecurity.”

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