Block by Block!

This Thursday, New York State announced a new housing program for Buffalo which PUSH helped to create: $3 million will be allocated for the Buffalo "Block by Block" housing reinvestment initiative. This is the culmination of PUSH’s year-long "MBBA" campaign regarding 1,499 houses that the State left abandoned across Buffalo. Under pressure from PUSH and others, the State recently transferred houses to the city for demolition and/or rehab. Governor Spitzer’s housing team was attentive to concerns expressed by PUSH members and other leaders like Sam Hoyt, Maria Whyte and Brian Higgins about the need for focused, strategic investment in our neighborhoods, and the result is the Block by Block program. PUSH is excited about the opportunity the Block by Block program presents to non-profits, who will be able to apply for grants for revitalizing their respective neighborhoods across Buffalo.