Community Development Director: Seth Piccirillo
CITY OF NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
1022 MAIN STREET – CARNEGIE BUILDING
|James Marasco - Project Administrator
|Gail Bimont - Neighborhood Development Specialist
|Robert Donner - Senior Auditor
|MaryAnn Colangelo - Administrative Assistant
|Richard Zucco – Legal Counsel
|Michael Bailor – Rehabilitation Supervisor
|Dean Bailor, Jr. Rehabilitation Specialist
|Colleen Todd – Loan Technician
|Robert Zaleski – Code Enforcement Official
Section 8 – Leased Housing
Front Desk Main Number: (716) 286-8820
Section 8 FAX: 286-8824
Jeff Kline – Supervisor
Lisa Chambers – Associate Counselor
Eugene Gouge – HQS Inspector
Denise Garner – Special Programs Coordinator
Bruce Hartman – HQS Inspector
Adrienne Metro – Intake Technician
MaryAnn Murphy- Sr. Housing Counselor
Barbara Skye – Welfare to Work Counselor
The Niagara Falls Department of Community Development administers the following programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) the Emergency Shelter Grant Program (ESG) and the Section 8 - Leased Housing Program.
The CDBG program affords municipalities the greatest flexibility in providing programs and services that benefit homeowners, renters, business persons, non-profit organizations and other community based organizations. The intent of the CDBG program is to develop viable urban communities by providing decent, affordable housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons. CDBG funds must be used to meet one of the following three national objectives:
* Benefit to Low and Moderate Income Persons; or
* Prevention or Elimination of Slums or Blighted areas; or
* Other Urgent Needs
The City’s CDBG Entitlement Grant is approximately $3 million per year and is typically used for housing rehabilitation, economic development, public services, infrastructure improvements, public facilities, code enforcement and clearance of blighted structures.
The HOME Program is designed to provide decent, safe and affordable housing opportunities to low and moderate income households. The City’s HOME Entitlement Grant is approximately $600,000 per year and is typically used for homeowner rehabilitation programs, first time homebuyer assistance programs and rental housing for low-income tenants.
The ESG program provides assistance to homeless persons or “at risk homeless populations in the City. The City’s ESG Entitlement Grant is approximately $110,000 per year and is typically used to renovate existing homeless shelters, to provide funding for essential services rendered by homeless shelter providers and to assist with the operational costs of the shelter facility.
The Section 8 Leased Housing program provides housing vouchers to low income and very low income renters to enable those households to find safe, decent affordable housing in the City of Niagara Falls and throughout Niagara County. The waiting list for the Section 8 Program is currently closed.
The Carolyn Van Schaik Home Ownership Center offers first time homebuyer education, one-on-one home buyer counseling, credit counseling and repair, reverse mortgage counseling and foreclosure intervention counseling.