A coalition of Niagara County social services agencies has received more than $1 million in federal funding to help homeless teens and young adults in the county.
The $1.22 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had been long sought by advocates with the Homeless Alliance of Western New York (HAWNY).
“This was a three-year process,” said HAWNY Executive Director Dale Zuchlewski. “The first two years (we applied), we were denied. Then, this year, it’s like winning the lottery. All the hard work paid off.”
Zuchlewski said the grant will fund a program created jointly by Niagara County Community Missions and Pinnacle Community Services that could be used in other parts of the country.
“HUD is looking for best practices that can be done nationwide,” Zuchlewski said.
U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Niagara Falls and Buffalo, and Falls Mayor Robert Restaino announced the grant award during a