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HUD’s Section IV program provides grants to community development nonprofits to support their operations and staff capacity. This critical, flexible funding has enabled many of our partners to grow and increase their programming and organizational development.
Since opening its doors in 1998, Buffalo LISC has awarded a total of $3.4 million in Section IV support grants to 12 partner community development corporations. This funding has increased the capacity of our local CDC partners in targeted neighborhoods to assist underserved communities in meeting their community development needs. With support from Section IV program, our partners are better equipped to plan and carry out larger scale development activities.
"Heart of the City has been strengthening neighborhoods since 1998, and working with strategic partners like LISC encouraged us to make a significant shift in the way we work," said Stephanie Simeon, executive director of Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. "LISC has been key in helping us think of what we do as leverage towards creating more sustainable communities throughout Buffalo. LISC has encouraged us to think beyond our ‘service area’ and think more about communities in need of our services."
Supporting the staffing capacity of organizations like Heart of the City Neighborhoods, University District Community Development Association, PUSH Buffalo, and Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc. has lead to visible change happening on the ground in the neighborhoods they serve. Section IV funds allow for groups to expand their staff, develop strategic plans, and expand their community engagment efforts, which enables them to tackle more neighborhood revitalization projects in their target areas.