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A New Home For Action

Since 2007, our work has been dedicated to effecting lasting, positive change in our community. Created with the help of educators, students, volunteers, interns, and independent researchers, our rich body of reports, policy briefs, and fact sheets can now be found in the Buffalo Commons.

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October 15, 2018

New Fact Sheet on Rental Housing Costs in Buffalo

Our new fact sheet summarizes the data currently available on the changing costs of rental housing in Buffalo, NY. It explores six data sources for rent figures and what each one can tell us about Buffalo’s rental market. The sources include U.S. Census data, online rental listing sites, …

September 29, 2018

Buffalo News: "Critics take aim at Benderson over city tax break — for one apartment"

"When the public invests money in things, it should yield a benefit for the community," Magavern said. "It should be providing affordable housing and quality jobs for city residents, not just padding the profit of wealthy developers."

September 17, 2018

The 501(c)(3) Advocacy Lab Follow Up

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Buffalo Commons, a joint collaboration between PPG and Cornell in Buffalo, hosted its first Lab in what will be a series of educational programs beginning this fall. It was free and open to the public. Sam Magavern, Executive Director of Partnership for the Public …

August 17, 2018

FB Community Land Trust Seeks Interim Executive Director

The F.B. Community Land Trust (FBCLT) seeks an interim executive director to oversee the day-to-day operations of the first-ever community land trust in the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood. The successful candidate will be familiar with how community land trusts can be used to ensure long-term …

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Solitary Confinement Reform: Jerome Wright on The Public GoodOctober 23, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Join us on The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Jerome Wright discussing Solitary Confinement in Erie County. Listen in, then to learn more visit the NY Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement website here and Facebook page here.  The show will air live on Power 96.5 …

Running an Issue-Based CampaignOctober 24, 2018, 5:30-7 pm

Jessica Bauer Walker, India Walton, Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

Learn the groundwork that is needed for successful advocacy and campaigns.  What does running an issue-based campaign mean? How do you do it successfully? What is your goal or theory of change? Who has the resources to make the change? Who are your targets and why? How do you build, mobilize …

Coerced Work, Prison Labor, and Workfare: Professor Erin Hatton on the Public GoodDecember 11, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Sam Magavern

Join us for The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Professor Erin Hatton, Associate Professor at University at Buffalo. Professor Erin Hatton will be discussing different issues centered around the city of Buffalo. Listen in, then learn more about Erin Hatton and her research on coerced work, …

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