City of Buffalo 2020
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Home Investment Partnership Grant (HOME) and
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
The City of Buffalo Office Of Strategic Planning, on behalf of the Erie County Community Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Consortia, has prepared an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report. The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report serves as the basis for fair housing planning, provides essential information to policy makers, administrative staff, housing providers, lenders and fair housing advocates and assists in building public support for fair housing lenders. The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report also serves as a point-in-time baseline against which future progress in terms of implementing fair housing initiatives will be evaluated and recorded.
The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report is prepared to satisfy the requirements of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The report is required to be completed every five years in order for HUD Grantees to receive federal funds under three (3) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) formula grant programs including CDBG, HOME and HESG.
The studied areas for the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report is the thirty-seven municipalities of the Erie County CDBG and Home Consortium, the City of Buffalo, the Towns of Tonawanda, Amherst, Cheektowaga and Hamburg and the villages therein. The following municipalities comprise the Erie County CDBG Consortium: Cities of Lackawanna and Tonawanda; Towns of Alden, Aurora, Boston, Brant, Clarence, Colden, Collins, Concord, Eden, Elma, Evans, Grand Island, Holland, Lancaster, Marilla, Newstead, North Collins, Orchard Park, Sardinia, Wales and West Seneca; Villages of Akron, Alden, Angola, Depew, East Aurora, Farnham, Gowanda, Lancaster, North Collins, Orchard Park and Springville. The Erie County HOME Consortium includes the above communities as well as the Town of Hamburg and the Villages of Blasdell and Hamburg.
A public comment period on the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report will be held from January 7 to February 5, 2020. Hard copies of the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report are available at the following locations: Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, Edward A. Rath Building, 95 Franklin Street – Room 1053, Buffalo; Public Libraries in the Villages of Akron, Angola and Hamburg; the Towns of Concord, Lancaster and Hamburg (Lakeshore Library); and the Cities of Buffalo (Main Branch), Lackawanna and Tonawanda; Lackawanna City Hall; Tonawanda Municipal Building, Hamburg Town Hall, Hamburg Community Development Office at 6122 South Park Avenue, Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority and Tonawanda Municipal Housing Authority. The report can be viewed on Erie County’s web site at www.erie.gov
Five (5) public hearings have been scheduled to discuss the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report mentioned above. The public is encouraged to attend these hearings, which will be held on Tuesday January 21 at 5:30 p.m., Delevan-Grider 877 E Delevan Ave, Buffalo, Tuesday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m., Lackawanna Public Library, Community Room, 560 Ridge Road, Lackawanna; on Wednesday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m., Hamburg Town Hall, Lobby, 6100 South Park Avenue, Hamburg; and on Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m., City of Tonawanda, Court Room, 200 Niagara Street, Tonawanda. Meeting rooms are fully accessible. Persons with special needs and who are unable to attend any of the three (3) public meetings can participate in a Public Hearing Meeting and Conference Call on Wednesday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edward A. Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin Street, 10th Floor, Room 1004, Buffalo, NY. To participate by phone, call 716-858-2468; enter Meeting Number 6409 and Attendee Access Code 3690. Written comments on the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report will be
Accepted through February 5, 2020 by Rashika Hall, HUD Grant Manager, Mayor’s City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning, – 9th Floor, 65 Niagara Sq. Buffalo, NY 14202, or by e-mail to Hudadmistrator@city-buffalo.com. Non-English speaking persons or persons with Limited English Proficiency or special needs should contact Mariely Ortiz at (716) 858-1916 or Mariely.Ortiz@erie.gov for further assistance or to access documents in another language.
Para asistencia en Español, se puede contactar a Mariely Ortiz (716) 858-1916 o Mariely.Ortiz@erie.gov.