Buffalo gets federal money to curb COVID-19 homelessness

Money provides shelter and rental help for those who need it most
Posted at 8:33 PM, May 23, 2020

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown unveiled the city's Emergency Solutions Grant plan to help address homelessness, and other housing issues that have come about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $4.2 million was made available through the federal CARES Act.

It will fund direct services being provided by qualified non-profit partners throughout the City of Buffalo.

Mayor Brown said, "The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the shortcomings in the social safety net which left many of our most vulnerable residents open to exposure to the virus. This funding is an opportunity to begin closing those gaps and place residents on a long-term path to achieving a higher quality of life by either placing people in homes or helping those who have homes stay in them while also slowing community spread and protecting public health."