Community Development Department
Community Development Director: Seth Piccirillo


 Front Desk Main Number:  286-8800
 Fax Number:   286-8809
 All Personnel E-Mail:


James Marasco - Project Administrator 286-8811
Gail Bimont - Neighborhood Development Specialist 286-8802
Robert Donner - Senior Auditor 286-8805
MaryAnn Colangelo - Administrative Assistant 286-8812
Richard Zucco – Legal Counsel 286-8804

Housing Rehabilitation

Michael Bailor – Rehabilitation Supervisor 286-8813
Dean Bailor, Jr. Rehabilitation Specialist 286-8818
Colleen Todd – Loan Technician 286-8815

Code Enforcement

Robert Zaleski – Code Enforcement Official 286-8834

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.

Quick Links:
Available Reports:

5-Year Consolidated Plan and Strategy

2010 Annual Plan

2010 CAPER

2012 Annual Plan

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) 2011 Program Year

Citizen Participation Plan


 2013 CPS APPLICATION HANDBOOK print version

Facade Program Application and Guidelines

Residential Housing Rehabilitation and Closing Cost Assistance Program Guidelines

Request for Proposals - Analysis of Impedimants to Fair Housing

Analysis of Impediments RFP - Insurance Attachments