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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."

August 17, 2018

FB Community Land Trust Seeks Interim Executive Director

The F.B. Community Land Trust (FBCLT) seeks an interim executive director to oversee the day-to-day operations of the first-ever community land trust in the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood. The successful candidate will be familiar with how community land trusts can be used to ensure long-term …

July 31, 2018

WBFO: "Local developer has voluntarily set aside 15 percent of his new project for below-market-rate apartments"

  After years of fighting over more affordable housing, one local developer has voluntarily set aside 15 percent of his new project for below-market-rate apartments... PUSH Buffalo Organizing Director John Washington said..."this is an example that this can be done, that there is …

July 11, 2018

Homeless Alliance of WNY releases 2017 Annual Reports

The Homeless Alliance of WNY publishes reports of homelessness in the five-county region that they serve.   

June 27, 2018

Lead exposure in Buffalo still "highly disturbing"

PPG's Executive Director, Sam Magavern, was featured in WBFO's news article discussing the disturbing levels of lead in the city of Buffalo. The article reveals that there are three zip codes in the city of Buffalo that have children testing positive for lead in their bloodstream at high rates. The …

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 …

November 2, 2017

Buffalo News Article: "Rod Watson: Will ‘city of good neighbors’ only want rich people next door?"

"The goal is not just to build affordable housing, but "to deal with economic and racial segregation," said Sam Magavern, executive director of the Partnership for the Public Good, a coalition member. Including the units in the upscale development also is more efficient than building a separate …

October 30, 2017

"Study on lead paint in local housing seeks to better define problem, solutions" Published by WBFO

"It was a collaborative effort with the Center for Governmental Research, whom we commissioned to do this," said Cara Matteliano, Vice President of Community Impact for the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, one of several not-for-profit agencies co-sponsoring the study. "They have completed …