The City of Erie plans to spend nearly $3 million of federal money building affordable housing units.
The city qualified for a $2.9 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, with the money to be spent addressing homelessness.
  After talking with members of Erie's homeless population and talking to service providers like homeless shelters, the city decided to focus its effort on affordable housing.
  Federal data suggests nearly 5,000 people in Erie struggle to find affordable housing, especially as rents rise due to inflation.
So the city wants to build eight to 10 affordable housing units.
City leaders laid out their plans during two public hearings Monday.
Although the money does not need to be spent until 2030, a plan must be submitted to HUD early next year.