PUSH Buffalo

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Members of PUSH Buffalo’s PUSH Green and PUSH Clean Heat teams joined New York State Sen. Tim Kennedy for the Earth Day announcement of Let’s Bring it Home, a community-based outreach program to increase access to the benefits of state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.


PUSH. Buffalo is being awarded $200,000 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to help job training and workforce development in communities impacted by environmental neglect. PUSH’s mission focuses on affordable housing, expanding local hiring opportunities and advancing economic and environmental justice.

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The deadline for New York's budget is weeks away and there are still major revenue and expense issues, even with the billions of dollars in federal stimulus cash approved on Saturday. A coalition of progressive groups is pushing controlling Democrats to raise taxes on the rich.

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An array of local social change groups says the effects of the continuing pandemic show the need for basic changes, from housing payments for the homeless to restrictions on evictions.

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There are two major building projects visibly underway in downtown Buffalo. One is the Douglas Jemal rehab and rebuilding of the area's tallest building. Seneca One is starting to fill with M&T Bank's tech workers and the outside of downtown's tallest building is a new reddish-brown color. The other project is the much more visible 201 Ellicott St., which is 201 units of affordable housing.

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Local advocates joined state-wide partners in a virtual rally focused on the overlapping of the environment, COVID-19, racism, and the economy.

Citing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the leadership of People United for Sustainable Housing, better known as PUSH Buffalo, announced Monday it will cancel rents in April for its low-income resident and commercial tenants.

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PUSH Buffalo is planning a training center on the city's West Side, although far smaller than the Northland Workforce Training Center complex on the East Side.

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.


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.


Climate activists celebrate and call for action

Jun 21, 2019
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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.

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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.


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.

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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?

Former school reopens as affordable housing

Jul 19, 2018
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.


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!


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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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.

PUSH begins work on new community hub

May 17, 2017
Chris Caya WBFO News

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

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

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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.

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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.