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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December 5, 2017

Buffalo News Article: "Inclusionary zoning debate continues..."

"Sam Magavern, executive director of the Partnership for the Public Good, addressed the Council's Legislation Committee, making a case for inclusionary zoning."

December 3, 2017

Buffalo News: "Voluntary, subsidized 'inclusionary zoning' recommended for Buffalo housing"

"Advocacy groups are glad some form of inclusionary zoning is included in the consultant's report, but would still like to a see a mandatory program – not a voluntary one."

December 1, 2017

New PPG Report on Affordable Housing Strategies for Buffalo

PPG has released a new report titled “Affordable Housing Strategies for the City of Buffalo.”   Click here to access it on Buffalo Commons.

November 14, 2017

PPG, Open Buffalo, and Drug Policy Alliance Publish New Policy Brief, "Advancing Racial Equity and Public Health: Smarter Marijuana Laws in Western New York"

The brief analyzes the last five years of data on arrests for low-level marijuana possession within the City of Buffalo and across Erie County, obtained from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. It explores the consistent racial disparities in arrests from 2012-2016, the …

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Protecting Homeowners from Steep Tax Increases: A Town Hall MeetingFebruary 12, 2018, 6:30-7:30 pm

Allentown Association, Westside Neighborhood Housing Services, Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Partnership for the Public Good, and Assemblyman Sean Ryan

In recent years, housing values in some Buffalo neighborhoods have risen dramatically. After the City completes its comprehensive reassessment, homeowners in “hot” neighborhoods may see steep increases in their property taxes in 2019.

Affordable Housing Panel Discussion with Assemblymember Sean RyanFebruary 8, 2018, 6-7:30 pm

Sean Ryan, HOME, Partnership for the Public Good, D'Youville College, Office for the Aging, CEDO

Please join us as we try to answer the question: What does affordable housing look like in Buffalo and New York State in the next 10-20 years?

Community Meeting On Former Women and Children's Hospital of BuffaloJanuary 31, 2018, 7-9 pm

Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Ellicott Development

PPG partners Elmwood Village Association and Preservation Buffalo Niagara will host and facilitate an audience question and answer session with Children's Hospital developers Sinatra & Company and Ellicott Development.

Housing Opportunities Made Equal in Buffalo: DeAnna Eason on the Public GoodDecember 12, 2017, 7-7:30 pm

Sam Magavern

Join us on The Public Good this week! We'll be speaking with DeAnna Eason, Executive Director of HOME, Inc. about the lack of affordable housing in Buffalo addressed in PPG's new report.

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Gentrification Can't Be The Theme of Rust Belt Recovery
Affordable Housing Strategies for the City of Buffalo
Advancing Racial Equity and Public Health: Smarter Marijuana Laws in Western New York
Equity Preservation Final Report
PUSH Buffalo's Green Development Zone: a Model for New Economy Community Development