Housing / Neighborhoods Take Action

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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May 15, 2024

Buffalo News: "Housing inspection program is hot topic at rally, Buffalo Common Council budget hearing"

Harold McNeil | May 15, 2024 Housing Opportunities Made Equal, or HOME, is a local nonprofit agency that helps tenants deal with housing issues, among the most prevalent of which is unsafe housing conditions, according to Steven Haagsma, education manager for the agency. It's why he and a …

May 3, 2024

WGRZ: "What should be done with the 7,000 vacant properties the City of Buffalo owns?"

Nate Benson | May 3, 2024 The City of Buffalo owns roughly 7,000 vacant properties, according to Mayor Byron Brown's State of the City address. There are an additional 9,000 privately owned vacant properties in the city as well.  There are 15,000 vacant properties in total.  "That's …

April 27, 2024

Buffalo News Editorial Board: "City priorities should include housing, infrastructure and key amenities"

Buffalo News Editorial Board | April 27, 2024 It’s time to look forward. We’re expecting ideas and projects that will move Buffalo in a robust, innovative direction, as well as discussion of improvements in services and infrastructure when Mayor Byron W. Brown presents his State of the …

April 14, 2024

Buffalo News Editorial Board: "Buffalo's Proactive Rental Inspection program should be fully funded"

Buffalo News Editorial Board | April 14, 2024 Finding and fixing problems in aging rental units before it’s necessary to use punitive enforcement is a great idea. Making that policy a law? Even better. But laws need to be implemented and the city of Buffalo’s reluctance to fully …

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Media Advisory: 39 Organizations Call on Mayor Byron Brown to Comply with Proactive Rental Inspections (PRI) LawFebruary 13, 2024, 10:30-11 am

WHAT: Community advocates, health professionals, and concerned citizens will gather tomorrow at Niagara Square to call on City of Buffalo officials to comply with the city’s Proactive Rental Inspections (PRI) Law enacted by the Buffalo Common Council in November 2020. Among …

Media Advisory: 39 Organizations Call on Mayor Byron Brown to Comply with Proactive Rental Inspections (PRI) LawFebruary 13, 2024, 10:30-11 am

WHAT: Community advocates, health professionals, and concerned citizens will gather tomorrow at Niagara Square to call on City of Buffalo officials to comply with the city’s Proactive Rental Inspections (PRI) Law enacted by the Buffalo Common Council in November 2020. Among …

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Affordable Housing Task Force November 2023 Report
Unburying Buffalo: Making the Case for Sidewalk Snow Removal
Using Publicly-Owned Vacant Land to Advance Sustainability and Equity in Buffalo, New York
Policy Framework for Vacant Lots Disposition
Climate Solutions are Health Solutions: An Evaluation of PUSH Green's Home Energy Efficiency Program