Affordable Housing

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Buffalo's Fruit Belt has its master plan ready to deal with the avalanche effect of the burgeoning Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus next door, masses of vacant lots available for development and the desire of most residents to stay in the neighborhood.

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The $17.7 million Packet Boat Landing Apartments in Lockport are now officially open.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson wants Americans living on housing assistance to put more of their income toward rent and he wants to give public housing authorities the ability to impose work requirements on tenants.

Under current law, most tenants who get federal housing assistance pay 30 percent of their adjusted income toward rent, and the government kicks in the rest up to a certain amount.

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As some of Buffalo's difficulties flow across the city line to the suburbs and some of the wealth from the suburbs flows into the city, Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Poloncarz are trumpeting their cooperation on issues like poverty, affordable housing and lead poisoning.

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After years of effort, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has received $16 million from Washington for a complete overhaul of the 87 housing units at Frederick Douglass Towers. Many residents are worried they will be pushed out of the renovated units.

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Buffalo’s West Side is going through a change. With a surge of development taking place along the Niagara Street strip and the influx of higher-income residents, some longtime West Siders have been forced to find other places to live.

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Local developers have been watching Washington carefully, as Republicans in the two houses put together their tax bill, with potentially devastating effects on local development.

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Plans for a major affordable housing project are going ahead after approval by the Buffalo Planning Board Monday. However, developers are watching Washington closely, where the new tax bill might cripple the financing.

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New York State is getting nearly $150 million in federal funding for affordable housing and economic development - and $13 million of that is coming to Buffalo.

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Buffalo played host Wednesday to a conference on affordable housing at the Hotel Henry. During welcoming remarks, the mayor hinted of an upcoming plan to create such housing throughout his city.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

The old statement in political campaigns is, 'Let's look at the record.' At Thursday night's Buffalo mayoral debate, Incumbent Mayor Byron Brown liked his record and challengers Mark Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant did not.

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A renovated affordable housing complex for seniors has opened in Buffalo.

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Some much needed affordable housing is on the way for seniors on Buffalo's West Side.

Sinatra & Company Real Estate

Residents of McCarley Gardens can rest assured they'll be able to stay in their homes. They were threatened with demolition several years ago - under a proposed expansion of the adjacent Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. But now the housing complex is slated for a major renovation. 


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The Common Council's Legislation Committee approved the latest version of the Green Code Tuesday and sent it for full Council approval on Tuesday. The matter moved through committee though several speakers raised concerns over a variety of issues.


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While it has been talked about for some time, city officials are now pushing hard for some mandatory affordable housing in new developments in the city.


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1490 Jefferson Avenue had a long history in Buffalo’s East Side community, before it sat vacant for the last six years or so. Now it’s seeing new life as Bellamy Commons – an affordable housing complex with commercial space and room for a future museum.


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Buffalo has a booming housing sector and more units are on the way. However, some Common Councilmembers want to protect people of low and moderate incomes from being crushed under the development steamroller.

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A new apartment building has opened inside an historic building on Buffalo's East Side. Evergreen Health Services cut the ribbon on Monday on its 56-unit Evergreen Lofts on Genesee Street near Michigan Avenue.

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A local group that promotes affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization has a voice at the Paris climate conference.

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New affordable housing will soon be available near downtown Buffalo. Evergreen Health Services is redeveloping an old five story warehouse on Cherry Street, just off the Kensington Expressway.


An $825,000 settlement between Evans Bank and New York State could provide a major boost to revitalization efforts on Buffalo's East Side.

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Washington is sending $169,000 into Buffalo's West Side to help with the improving housing picture.

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A brand new, affordable housing complex six years in the making is now complete. 

On Tuesday morning, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, also known as HOME, dedicated the Oxford Commons Apartments at 1542 Main Street on the corner of Ferry Street.

It took a lengthy, joint effort to transform the formerly vacant 19th century building into new housing. Masten District Council member Demone Smith says HOME, the state, and city joined forces to help complete the $2.9 million project.

"Some people got together and did the right thing," Smith said.