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 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.

December 5, 2018

Cornell Chronicle: “Cornell, community partners help drive Buffalo’s revival”

“Buffalo at the time was a powerhouse of transportation and industry and culture. … There have been many transformative periods when ILR didn’t just react, but helped create progressive change in the economy,” said PPG board chair Lou Jean Fleron, an ILR extension faculty …

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."

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Working With the MediaNovember 19, 2018, 12-1:30 pm

Marsha McLeod, Aaron Lowinger, Mark Sommer

Learn to effectively engage the media by building relationships and crafting your message. If you want to get media coverage for your organization or campaign, it’s essential you’re seen and heard in the media on a regular basis. Journalists are constantly looking for interesting …

Fighting for Housing and Transportation JusticeJuly 13, 2018, 12-3 pm

Around the country, in regions as different as Buffalo-Niagara and the Bay Area of California, advocates are fighting to make their cities more equitable and sustainable.  At the heart of these campaigns are efforts to create and preserve more affordable housing, to prevent displacement, to …

Holding Developers Accountable: Robert Galbraith on the Public GoodApril 17, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Sam Magavern

Join us for The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Robert Galbraith discussing his research and analysis on a variety of topics relating to corporate and government accountability. Listen in, then to learn more visit the Public Accountability Initiative here. The show will air live …

Property Tax Exemption in the City of Buffalo: Ed Jackson and Christiana Limniatis on the Public GoodMarch 27, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Sam Magavern

Join us on The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Christiana Limniatis, Director of Preservation Services and Edwin Jackson Executive Director West Side Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. discussing tax exemption in the City of Buffalo Listen in, then to learn more visit …

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