PUSH Buffalo

Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation has awarded $400,000 to PUSH Buffalo to advance community development through arts and culture. The grant is part of a three-year, $8-million-dollar national program by the foundation to integrate Creative Placemaking into community organizations and, in turn, neighborhoods.

ourcitybuffalo.org

Despite lots of talk about a renaissance in the City of Buffalo, a large number of its citizens remain poor. The latest Census Bureau report shows Buffalo's poverty rate at 30.1 percent, the third highest in the nation. Local advocates are hosting an event Saturday to help longtime residents benefit from economic growth and not get forced out by gentrification. 

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Tenants of the Pine Harbor apartment complex voiced their displeasure Thursday over what they say is years of neglect by management, ownership, and the City of Buffalo.

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PUSH Buffalo and other allies marched down Perry Street Wednesday, from the Commodore Perry low-income housing complex to the headquarters of the city’s economic development offices.

 

The half-mile route wasn’t random.

 

Marchers are demanding New York state provide more funding for public, affordable housing like the Perry Projects, and less funding for private, wealthy real estate developers who benefit from economic development boards housed at 95 Perry St.

 


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Several dozen students and activists gathered outside City Hall in Buffalo Friday afternoon to celebrate New York State's passage of the country’s most ambitious climate legislation. They also called for even greater action to combat climate change.


With the New York State Legislature session winding down, lots of issues are still on the table and others are surfacing. That is particularly true of nine interlinked bills that would change the rental housing system across the state - a lot.

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Buffalo's annual Kwanzaa celebration moves to a new location Friday night. The third night - "Ujima," Collective Work and Responsibility - shifts to Ujima Theater in the former School 77 at 429 Plymouth Ave., the theater company's new home.

The plan is for an evening of arts, entertainment and cultural activism in the new base for PUSH Buffalo.

Kwanzaa Committee Member Venetta Tashika Rhodes-Osi saidpolitical figures often show up on the Ujima evening.

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Erie County is being urged to get into an energy conservation loan program, making loans to businesses and owner-occupied multiple unit housing.

The Rivera Family

The mother of Rafael "Pito" Rivera has filed a notice of claim against the City of Buffalo and its Police Department in the September fatal shooting death of the 32-year-old father of two.

PUSH Buffalo

As calling hours take place before Thursday morning's funeral for Rafael "Pito" Rivera, PUSH Buffalo has set up a GoFundMe webpage to gather donations for the grieving family.

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The lawyer for Buffalo Police officer Elnur Karadzhaev says the evidence will show the officer defended himself and shot 32-year-old Rafael "Pito" Rivera within the law.

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The attorney for the family of Rafael "Pito" Rivera says a high-definition surveillance video clearly shows Rivera running away from Buffalo Police when he was fatally shot early Wednesday morning.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

As the Buffalo Common Council reconvened after summer break Tuesday, a coalition of community activists, organized labor and city residents took to the steps of City Hall to unveil their vision for a more equitable and inclusive Queen City.

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After years of fighting over more affordable housing, one local developer has voluntarily set aside 15 percent of his new project for below-market-rate apartments - but are they really?

Chris Caya WBFO News

The former School 77 on Buffalo's West Side has officially reopened. After sitting vacant for nearly a decade, the 90-year-old building has undergone extensive renovations and now includes 30 affordable apartments for seniors.

Cuomowalkthetalk.org

Nearly 100 people hopped aboard two buses early this morning on Buffalo's West Side. They're heading to an Albany rally called, Cuomo: Walk the Talk on Climate!

Realtor.com

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.

PUSH Buffalo's Bartley decides it's time to step away

Nov 3, 2017
WBFO file photo/Chris Caya

He co-founded People United for Sustainable Housing Incorporated, or PUSH Buffalo, back in 2004. Executive director Aaron Bartley says he will leave the organization next August.


Chris Caya WBFO News

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

Chris Caya WBFO News

The reconstruction of the long-vacant Buffalo Public School 77 is underway.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Refugees across the region are going to continue receiving help adjusting to their new life in America. Albany is now funding resettlement agencies that faced cuts under President Trump's refugee ban. Local advocates see many benefits for the community.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A bipartisan group of legislators is pushing for money in the upcoming state budget to help fund refugee resettlement agencies. The $12 million plan would help keep agencies across New York open during the Trump administration's 120-day refugee ban.

Chris Caya

People continue breathing new life into the many "irreplaceable assets" found in one older, smaller neighborhood on Buffalo's West Side.


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La Divina cook Antonio Robles said it was a typical day at work last Tuesday. He was doing prep work when officers raided the restaurant and ordered him to get on the floor. Now, he wears a 24-hour ankle bracelet to monitor his whereabouts.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Advocates with PUSH Buffalo are urging residents to attend a public hearing on National Fuel's proposed rate hike.

NY Renews calls for action on climate change

Dec 17, 2015

PUSH Buffalo is among more than 40 community, labor and environmental groups joining forces on New York Renews, a new campaign urging Albany to pass ambitious climate solutions in the coming new year.


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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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Buffalo's West Side is now drawing multi-million dollar investments along Niagara Street.


Chris Caya WBFO News

Community activists and elected officials are once again calling on Verizon to provide FiOS service in the City of Buffalo and they're looking to the New York State Public Service Commission for help. 

Courtesy Making a Difference/WNED-TV

Throughout February, WNED/WBFO is recognizing everyday citizens of Western New York who are doing amazing things in their communities. Our “Making a Difference” project emphasizes the importance of volunteerism and encourage others to lend a helping hand. Here is the story of a community champion who is “making a difference.”


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