Lowey Announces $1.16 Million in Federal Grants for Port Chester Housing Authority
PORT CHESTER, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Port Chester Housing Authority (PCHA) has been awarded $1.16 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The PCHA will use its $1 million Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund grant for lead-based paint removal in PCHA buildings that house families and seniors. The PCHA will use its $160,000 Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security grant to purchase security equipment, including cameras.
“Every person, regardless of their economic circumstance, deserves to live in a safe and healthy environment,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “The federal funding announced today will enable the Port Chester Housing Authority to eliminate lead-based paint hazards, which are particularly dangerous to children, and to make necessary security upgrades to protect residents.”
As the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, Lowey secured $42.7 billion for HUD in Fiscal Year 2018, a $3.9 billion increase over the Fiscal Year 2017 enacted level. That includes $2.75 billion for the Public Housing Capital Fund, which encompasses the Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund and the Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security grant program, an $808.5 million increase over the FY17 enacted level.
“We welcome these grants from the federal government that demonstrate a partnership based on protecting the health and safety of the residents of the Port Chester Housing Authority,” said Port Chester Housing Authority Chairman Gary Stracuzzi. “We thank Congresswoman Lowey for her efforts to help secure the federal funds.”
The purpose of the Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program is to help Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) identify and eliminate lead-based paint hazards in public housing. The Public Housing Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security grant program provides funding for necessary safety and security measures to address crime and drug-related activity in public housing.