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The Code Blue shelters were open and crowded Monday night, as the system tried to persuade homeless people to get inside and get a hot meal amidst desperate cold.

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Several agencies are partnering for a collection drive to gather up two of the most requested items for area homeless. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is a sock and glove drive.  

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The Buffalo City Mission says the demand for its help is continuing to rise, but its current fund drive is running very behind.

A Buffalo man has been arraigned in the death of a homeless man.

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With the arrival of colder temperatures, the City of Buffalo has implemented Code Blue, the city's emergency weather safety plan for the homeless.

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Social and human service workers have carried out a two-part campaign to raise awareness of teen homelessness in the region.


Homeless agencies and service providers in Western New York are gathering Monday to launch a survey to gather statistics on homeless youth.

A community group that distributes free meals to the homeless in Lafayette Square was dispersed by police last Monday for not having a permit to do so.

New NYS budget holds line on homeless funding

Apr 13, 2017
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says among the items approved in the new state budget is $20 billion for New York's homeless. This includes $2.5 billion "to advance the creation of 100,000 new affordable and 6,000 supportive housing units."

However, after a review of legislative figures, that appears to hold the line on funding for New York's five-year plan against homelessness. This comes at a time when demand is continuing to rise, according to a couple of local advocates.

For the twelfth straight year, the Buffalo Dream Center and Hearts for the Homeless teamed up to feed individuals and families in need.

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Most Western New Yorkers were warm in their homes as winter weather blew through the region. Nadia Pizarro was in a Matt Urban Hope Center white van looking for the homeless, as a Code Blue prompted efforts to persuade the homeless to come inside, stay warm and get a hot meal.

A Lake Effect Snow Warning has been issued for Erie and Genesee Counties, from 1 p.m. today through 1 a.m. Thursday. Tony Ansuini of the National Weather Service expects heavy snow and strong winds will make for a difficult afternoon commute.


Rich Kellman

Thanksgiving is a time for many of us to take a break and be grateful for the good things we have. But for those on the streets without the basics of life, the holiday can be especially difficult. WBFO contributor Rich Kellman paid a visit to a homeless shelter in Buffalo that has given new hope and a new start to those most in need.


Code Blue is back in season, with significant changes

Nov 18, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The people who administer the winter homeless emergency program known as Code Blue are preparing for another season. But this year, there are significant changes including new venues where homeless will be taken.

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A recent study by anti-poverty groups in Toronto suggests the city is lurching toward a breakdown because of overcrowded homeless shelters. Activists say the city is failing to meet the basic requirements of its homeless population.


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More than a dozen local not-for-profits who work to get homeless people off the streets are receiving money from Uncle Sam to continue their missions.


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Governor Cuomo's mandate to take homeless people off the streets and into shelters when frigid temperatures strike has raised some questions among those who work with homeless individuals. 


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With Buffalo and cities across New York bracing for some of the coldest temperatures yet this winter, Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered more protection for the state’s homeless citizens.

Local advocacy groups have partnered to try to end chronic homelessness in Buffalo, which they say it down significantly in recent years.

Victim of homeless violence speaks out

Nov 2, 2015
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WBFO recently reported on an alarming spike in violent attacks against Buffalo's homeless population. Now, one victim is speaking out.

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A piece of artwork, rejected by some cities, has been installed at Cathedral Park in downtown Buffalo. St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral purchased the 'Homeless Jesus' bronze statue. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the unveiling sparked a buzz among some citizens.

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After nearly three decades of providing temporary housing to Buffalo’s HIV and AIDS-infected homeless population, Main Street’s Benedict House will be closing.

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The City of Buffalo's newest food truck will hit the road in the coming weeks, but you won't be able to buy food from it. 

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A new facility for homeless women aims to make a dent in the homeless population in Buffalo.


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Leadership Niagara is hosting an overnight event in Niagara Falls tonight with the idea of engaging conversation about the area's growing problem with poverty and homelessness. 


Albany is kicking in some money to provide better housing for some of Cattaraugus County's homeless.

The number of homeless continues to rise in Western New York.  A new study suggests a corresponding rise in the number of families who have fallen into poverty.

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A local pastor has started his annual week with the homeless and poor.

Homelessness on the rise in Erie County

Mar 28, 2013

Erie County has seen a dramatic rise in homelessness. The Department of Social Services says nearly 2,200 individuals were placed in emergency homeless shelters in 2012, up 14 percent from 2011.

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As tonight's temperatures are predicted to dip into the teens, the Buffalo City Mission is issuing a "Code Blue" for tonight.

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