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Paradoxically, Buffalo has both a crisis of abandoned housing and a severe homelessness problem. Top housing priorities should be preventing abandonment, preserving and rehabilitating existing units, and weatherizing housing to reduce energy costs and pollution simultaneously. Any new housing should be sustainable – strategically located to strengthen existing communities and ecologically friendly to reduce energy costs and pollution. As new development raises rents and property taxes in parts of the city, anti-displacement strategies become crucial in protecting vulnerable residents.

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March 2, 2019

Buffalo News: "Coalition wants to soften tax hikes so residents can 'stay in their homes'"

"Buffalo’s booming real estate market has been more than generous to many city-dwellers selling their homes over the past few years, with some receiving more than twice the amount of money they paid just a few years ago. Their good fortune is likely to translate into a cost to longtime …

February 19, 2019

Buffalo Law Journal: "Partnership for the Public Good outlines top issues for 2019"

Partnership for the Public Good recently released its annual agenda of issues it will advocate for reform this year, with expansion of voting rights and alternatives to arrest leading the way.  

February 15, 2019

Bankrate: "How to overcome ‘fear of the fee’ with alternatives to traditional banks"

Partnership for the Public Good, a think tank in Buffalo, New York, released research last year on that city’s unbanked population, which is currently ranked in the top 10 most unbanked cities in the nation. The findings illustrate the possible consequences of not using traditional banks.

December 26, 2018

Buffalo News: "Letter: State should address development tax break"

The Buffalo News published a letter by PPG policy analyst Sarah Wooton, calling on New York State to eliminate the 485-a exemption or change it to help small-time property owners to improve their properties, rather than doling out public money to wealthy developers for dubious projects.

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Housing for Refugee Health and Wellbeing: 6th Annual WNY Refugee Health SummitApril 13, 2019, 9 am-4 pm

University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, Office of Global Health Initiatives, Community for Global Health Equity

The built environment, or the human-made surroundings in which people live, work, and recreate, has direct and indirect effects on physical and poor mental health. Poor housing conditions - exposure to toxins, insufficient daylight, inadequate ventilation and insulation, isolation or crowding - are …

Water Affordability and Equitable Water Policy: Sam Dolce and Anna Blatto on The Public GoodMarch 5, 2019, 7-7:30 pm

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

Join us on The Public Good this week! We’ll hear from Sam Dolce and Anna Blatto of the Western New York Law Center discussing recent rate and fee increases and water policy in the City of Buffalo. 

Protecting Homeowners from Steep Tax Increases: In 2020 and BeyondMarch 2, 2019, 1-3 pm

Home prices in some neighborhoods have risen dramatically in recent years. Homeowners in these areas may see steep property tax increases in 2020. How can we make sure that homeowners are not displaced due to unaffordable increases in taxes? A coalition of community groups has been exploring …

Protecting Homeowners from Steep Tax Increases: In 2020 and BeyondMarch 2, 2019, 1-3 pm

Home prices in some neighborhoods have risen dramatically in recent years. Homeowners in these areas may see steep property tax increases in 2020. How can we make sure that homeowners are not displaced due to unaffordable increases in taxes? A coalition of community groups has been exploring …

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