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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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 …

Property Tax Increases in the City of Buffalo: Gretchen Gonzalez on the Public GoodFebruary 20, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Join us on The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Gretchen Gonzalez discussing Property Tax increases in Buffalo and tax foreclosure. Listen in, then to learn more visit the Volunteer Lawyer Project here and Facebook page here.  The show will air live on Power 96.5 …

Greater East Side Fields of Dreams Block Club: Marva and Micheal Threat on The Public GoodFebruary 13, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Sam Magavern

Join us on The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Marva and Micheal Threat discussing Greater East Side Block Club Listen in, then to learn more visit the Greater East Side Block Club website here and Facebook page here.  The show will air live on Power 96.5 …

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