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HUD and Slaughter Discuss City’s Misuse of Funds

Recall that when HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan visited Buffalo in October, accompanied by Representative Brian Higgins and Senator Chuck Schumer, Mayor Byron Brown could not be bothered to join the trio on a tour of the city’s abandoned and distressed homes. (“It was just a busy day,” Brown’s spokesman, Peter Cutler, told the Buffalo News.)

Well, today the snub is returned in kind: Representative Louise Slaughter will hold a press conference this afternoon with Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, to discuss the City of Buffalo’s “systemic problem of misused HUD funding.” The mayor, though his administration will certainly be the subject of conversation, is not invited.

  • Don’tGetMeStarted

    I knew I liked that old broad from Rochester! Feisty and has the power to knock Brown and his posse down a notch or two. What an embarrassment he is.

  • Richard Kern

    This important issue in an impoverished city with 25,000-plus housing vacancies, while relentlessly building costly new heavily-subsidized housing units citywide, keeps getting lost.

    Never mentioned is need to look at ALL HUD funding for housing annually pouring through Bflo. If effectively leveraged it could make a massive impact instead of preserving a failed status quo.

    Such funding includes BMHA, Section 8, & various other sorts of complex subsidies few even know exist.

    I am pained that there is no overview of all HUD subsidies in Bflo, which I computed at about $150 million annually a decade ago. How to get a cost-benefit analysis of all HUD (& DHCR) subsidies instead of tip-of-iceberg analyses?

    Speaking-of-which . . The last deed (#11) filed at the BURA boondoggle at “Sycamore Village” was filed in mid July, as the remaining four houses of 15 house “phase 1” are apparently still unsold two years later. Costing an estimated $400K each, they are sold for about $200K-$220K each, minus 20K-plus subsidies, minus no taxes for 7 years, then assessed far below sale prices.

    And merely one of the eleven buyers to date has moved into the city, the rest moving from dying neighborhoods into a costly new taxpayer-funded disaster.