Common Council of the cityof buffalo
David A. Franczyk,
David A. Rivera,
President Pro Tempore
Richard A. Fontana,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: James Pajak, Chief of Staff (716) 851-4047
OCTOBER 4, 2011I
The Council adopted a resolution sponsoredby Fillmore District Council Member David A. Franczyk requesting the United StatesLegislature during its current 2012 budget deliberations, to increase the funding provided by theMcKinney Vento Act for homeless programs. Annually, the City of Buffalo receives $700,000 inEmergency Shelter Grants for the homeless through the McKinney Vento Act and is scheduledto receive an additional $300,000 in homeless prevention. Even with these funds there were still8,500 people that were homeless in Erie County last year and an average of 1,500 homeless onany given night. The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (
) prevented6,500 from becoming homeless in Erie County during the last two years; however, these fundswill be depleted within the next six months. The Council maintains that it is essential to increasefunding for homeless programs because the loss of HPRP funds will cause a dramatic increase inhomelessness in both Erie County and the City of Buffalo.
The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by Masten District CouncilMember Demone A. Smith calling for a public hearing to discuss an alternative solution for thenumerous street memorials which have become common place throughout the City of Buffalo.Street memorials have sprung up at various locations within the City at which there is a displayor remembrance for an individual who has lost their life, and in many cases, as a result of an actof violence. A ceremony is usually held following the death of the individual during whichfriends and loved ones share a moment and place a remembrance at the site of the incident ordeath which is often on the street pole or tree closest to where the victim lost his or her life.Many constituents have complained about memorial sites that have been in existence for aconsiderable length of time. After several seasons of snow, rain, and general wear and tear, manyof these street memorials have become eyesores, a hazard to passerby
s and have given rise to apotential for health risks from the garbage that often accumulates. The Council maintains that itis important to remember those who have suffered because of acts of violence and is examiningways to balance victim remembrance and safe passage for passers by.
The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by EllicottDistrict Council Member Darius G. Pridgen requesting of the appropriate City of BuffaloDepartments, that they begin to study possible solutions to brightening the main entrance of Buffalo City Hall in a manner that would enhance the historic works of art, while providing a