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Habitat for Humanity is planning to increase the number of affordable homes it builds in the City of Buffalo.

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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.

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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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One relatively short street in North Buffalo knotted up the Common Council Legislation Committee Tuesday for more than two hours.

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After years of studying, planning and early infrastructure construction work, the Highland Park development is under construction with more buildings to come this spring.

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There has been a sudden change at the top of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.


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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After a fight over the condition of the building, Buffalo's Common the Council has approved a lodging house license for a building on Chippewa Street with a history of bad conditions. However, the delay led to changes.


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.

This report was written and produced by Khalid Terrell.

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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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The former South Junior High School in Niagara Falls is being transformed into a mixed-use space known as Niagara City Lofts.

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Another housing development is coming to Buffalo's East Side, in an area with plenty of vacant land and a lot of decrepit housing units.

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.

The long-troubled Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has a new majority on its board, with four new members appointed by Mayor Byron Brown and immediately confirmed by the Common Council. The question now is: What next? There are a lot of views about what to do with the authority that provides housing to thousands of city residents well down the economic ladder.

Buffalo and Niagara Falls are among 18 cities across New York State that will share $10 million over the next two years aimed at transforming blighted neighborhoods.

Last year’s lead poisoning crisis in Flint, MI stemmed from that city’s drinking water supply. However, in Buffalo most lead poisoning cases come from lead paint. That will be the topic of conversation Thursday evening at the Merriweather Library on Jefferson Avenue.

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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.

State officials say an effort to address a rash of abandoned, vacant homes across New York has successfully rehabilitated 1,600 properties. The homes were repaired by local community agencies known as "land banks."

Thomas O'Neil-White

Having your house foreclosed on can be a nightmarish ordeal, yet one woman is sharing her plight with the public.

Save your wallet with college move-in tips

Sep 5, 2015
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New college students everywhere would love an extra hand, but if you aren’t careful you could end up losing an arm and an leg.

You & The Law: Condos

Sep 4, 2015
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It's a word many looking to buy a home aren't familiar with...Condo.

Low-income people of color who want to buy a house face serious problems in Buffalo. That's the view of the Buffalo Community Reinvestment Coalition, which is pressuring banks to issue mortgages in certain part of the city where they say redlining is occurring, which is barred by law.

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More affordable housing is coming to Buffalo's East Side thanks to some help from Washington. The Federal Home Loan Bank is providing a $300,000 grant for Bellamy Commons on Jefferson Avenue near East Ferry Street.

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A recent survey by one of Canada's big banks suggests that the cost of renting or owning a home in the city of Toronto is climbing out of reach of most residents.

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Two more former parochial schools may soon re-open as apartment buildings, continuing a long-term trend as the Catholic Diocese downsizes its real estate holdings.

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Several rundown buildings on Buffalo's West Side, owned for years by an absentee landlord, are now in new hands.


A decrepit parking lot on Hertel Avenue may soon be replaced by two large apartment buildings, reflecting the shift to rental housing in that neighborhood.

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The effort to build more housing in downtown Buffalo is getting another boost. The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation has received a second round of funding to help small and mid-sized developers working on adaptive reuse projects.