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February 7, 2023

Buffalo News: "New housing task force will tackle Buffalo's 'affordability crisis.' Will this one make a difference?"

Caitlin Dewey | February 7, 2023 What do you get when you put five advocates, two landlords, two lawyers and a housing official in a room together? A solution to the affordable housing crisis, hopes the Buffalo Common Council. On Tuesday, the council appointed 10 representatives to a new Affordable …

October 28, 2022

Residents Gather to Discuss Vacant Lot Concerns and Recommendations

On Thursday, October 6th, City of Buffalo residents came together to discuss their experiences with vacant lots. Residents were grouped by neighborhood and spoke about how they used the vacant lots, their concerns, and their visions for the vacant lots.

May 20, 2022

Food Access Data: How Many People Might Have Depended on Tops for Groceries?

We wanted to understand the scope of impact this tragedy had on food access in our city. To do this, we mapped the major grocery stores in the area and then calculated how many people lived closer to Tops on Jefferson Ave than to any other major grocery store nearby.

April 3, 2022

Buffalo News: "Advocates: No Bills stadium deal without strong community benefits agreement"

By: Sandra Tan | April 3, 2022 Community advocates are demanding that elected leaders refuse to approve any new Buffalo Bills stadium deal unless it's accompanied by a strong community benefits agreement to ensure that the Bills organization gives back to the people of Buffalo and Erie County.

March 29, 2022

Spectrum News: "Western New York community advocate groups pushing for CBA in Bills stadium contracts"

By: Brianne Roesser | March 29, 2022 Community advocates are pushing for a return on investment from the new Bills stadium that will directly impact Buffalo. State and local leaders announced Monday that the new Bills stadium will go in Orchard Park across from the current one and cost about $1.4 …

February 2, 2022

WBFO: "Coalition calls for community benefit agreement tied to new Bills stadium"

By: Thomas O'Neil-White| February 2, 2022 A Community Benefits Agreement, or CBA, attached to a large-scale development project is an agreement that spells out what contributions could come back to the community impacted by the project. In Erie County, talk of a new football stadium for the Buffalo …

February 2, 2022

WBEN: "Local coalition calls for community benefits agreement in Bills stadium deal"

By: Newsroom| February 2, 2022 A local coalition known as Partnership for the Public Good held a press conference at the steps of the Johnnie B. Wiley Pavilion in Buffalo on Wednesday calling for Erie County Legislators to insist on a robust community benefits agreement as part of …

February 2, 2022

Spectrum News: "Advocates want community benefit agreement included in new Bills stadium contract"

By: Brianne Roesser| February 2, 2022 A group of people in Buffalo are calling on lawmakers to include a community benefit agreement in the contract for the new Bills stadium. The new stadium will be funded by more than $1 billion in taxpayer money. Advocates with Voice Buffalo and the Partnership …

February 2, 2022

Council Declares Support for Good Cause Eviction

On January 25, 2022, the Buffalo Common Council approved a resolution in support of a New York State legislative bill for Good Cause Eviction. Read the full press release below.

January 13, 2022

Buffalo News: "11 ideas Buffalo's Partnership for Public Good is pitching to improve the city"

By: Matt Glynn | January 13, 2022 The city of Buffalo should make more-productive use of the vacant lots it owns, said Jeanette Koncikowski, executive director of Grassroots Gardens WNY. "While the city has long evaluated repurposing ideas for its 8,000-plus vacant lots, they continue to …

December 31, 2021

Buffalo News: "'Deluge' of eviction cases expected as moratorium nears its end"

By: Caitlin Dewey| December 31, 2021 New York State’s Covid-19 eviction moratorium is set to expire Jan. 15, and local housing advocates, landlords and tenants are bracing for what one housing court judge called a likely “deluge” of eviction cases. A series of moratoriums …

December 30, 2021

Buffalo News: "Community leaders, organizations reveal their wish lists for Mayor Brown's fifth term"

By: Deidre Williams | December 30, 2021 As Mayor Byron Brown readies for a fifth term, community leaders and organizations are preparing their own wish lists for what they hope to see him accomplish over the next four years. Concern for tenants tops some of the lists. The mayor needs to give …