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With Erie Community College closed for the COVID-19 crisis, a gym in the college's Flickinger Center has been turned into a 70-bed homeless shelter.

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Thanksgiving night, the Rev. Eric Johns and his two sons - Alexander, 16, and Nathaniel, 15, - slept under the viaduct that carries the I-190 over Exchange Street, across from the downtown Amtrak station.

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The area around Washington and Tupper streets in downtown Buffalo is increasingly flanked by building rehabs and new structures. One is the expansion of Buffalo City Mission's Men's Shelter, which is full, even as the local economy is in a "renaissance."

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual week-long sleepout with homeless people by the Reverend Eric Johns, pastor of the Buffalo Dream Center.

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This week the annual Project Homeless Connect took place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The event is produced and hosted every year by the Western New York Coalition for the Homeless to provide a wide variety of services for those in need, all in one place.

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Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Jumaane Williams used this weekend to do some campaigning in Western New York. The Brooklyn Councilmember is challenging current incumbent Kathy Hochul, saying he will be an independent advocate for all New Yorkers.

A 'State of Our City' for the people, by the people

Mar 30, 2018
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Not everyone thinks Buffalo is great and getting better. That was apparent at the Central Library Thursday night for the first "State of Our City" meeting.

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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.


New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced the state's receipt of federal grant money to fight homelessness.

Pastor wraps up week with homeless

Nov 26, 2017

The Buffalo Dream Center's Pastor Eric Johns once again spent the Thanksgiving holiday week with the homeless.

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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.

Marquan Ellis was evicted from his home in Las Vegas, Nevada when he was 18.

His mother battled with a drug and gambling addiction while he stayed at his godmother's house. But he couldn't stay there forever.

He found his way to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth where he enrolled in the independent living program.

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

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.

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In a city where nearly a third of the population lives below the poverty line, agencies that serve economically-disadvantaged individuals play critical roles. The Buffalo City Mission has received a major contribution in its quest to provide food and shelter to those in need.

Nearly 8,000 people in five Western New York counties experienced homelessness for a period of time between October 2014 and September 2015. The Homeless Alliance of Western New York's just-released annual report shows some positive trends but also points out lingering problems, including a lack of afforable and supportive housing stock.

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

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The 3rd annual Poverty Conference  takes place Friday at Niagara University focusing on economic development. 

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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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City Mission wants to expand at its current location, a move officials believe will continue to thin the ranks of the area's homeless.

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.