Over 40 West Side Community Organizations gathered together on Saturday June 5th to present a 9 point plan developed by community residents for neighborhood revitalization
1. Generate and implement a 5-year coordinated housing
plan among the various housing development organizations
on the West Side, including:
Combined market data and trend analysis
Explanation of each housing development organization
and the housing projects they are working on over the
next 5 years.
Action Step: Complete draft plan by October 1st.
2. Increase access to quality, affordable housing and
prevent displacement through Homebuyers Clubs,
increased tenant and landlord education efforts, and
eliminating barriers which restrict groups according to their
primary language or income.
1. Increase our capacity as organizations to provide start-up
support to entrepreneurs.
Action Step: Meet with Senator Antoine Thompson on
June 25th to gain his assistance with:
→ Identifying or establishing an ombudsman within
City Hall to assist entrepreneurs through the
→ Promoting City-led strategic planning for small
business development, including market analysis
and increasing the availability of micro-lending.
2. Provide continued support to entrepreneurs by
patronizing their businesses.
1. Re-design this important commercial district node to
highlight positive economic activity and provide opportunity
for greater small business development.
Action Step: Bring together key stakeholders in the area,
especially property owners and nearby residents.
2. Create stronger connections between nearby residential
areas, the Mass Ave Park, and the Grant-Ferry commercial
district through streetscape and traffic pattern
HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS
1. Increase patronage of the Growing Green Mobile Market�s fresh healthy
food Jericho Road Ministries, Santa Maria Towers and the Growing Green
Urban Youth Farm.
Action Step: Door-to-door outreach by Growing Green
Summer youth and interns around Mobile Market sites.
2. Assessment of corner stores and residents to identify needs and
opportunities to carry more healthy foods in corner stores.
Action Step: UB Planning Department designs survey for Growing
Green Summer youth to conduct and issues report based on findings.
3. Provide education to residents about growing organic food at home, on
vacant lots, and in community gardens.
4. Gather community input for increasing neighborhood-based healthy
food and active living options through policy.
Action Step: Coordinate visioning meetings with residents this summer
to identify policy goals.
1. Share resources and help organizations looking to
create literacy programs.
Action Step: Bring additional partners together,
beginning with a meeting at West Side Community
Services on June 21st at 9:30 am.
2. Develop and implement a streamlined referral
system for those in need of literacy/ESL services.
3. Coordination with service learning institutions to
manage a broader volunteer intake to staff literacy
Leverage the strong community-based programming inside
School 18 together with the physical improvements soon
being made by the Buffalo Board of Education to stabilize
and enhance the surrounding area.
Action Step: Formalize agreement between the City of
Buffalo and project partners to build school garden at
125 Hampshire Street.
Generate and implement a community plan for vacant
property reuse in the area, by leveraging recent physical
investment in School 30 through the Joint Schools
→ Improve streetscape and traffic flow at the Five Points
intersection to better suit the needs of residents and
→ Connect existing neighborhood resources in the
immediate area (Loretto Ministry Center, community
gardens, local businesses, etc.) with the School 30
building and community.
Action Step: Hold a School 30 Neighborhood
Planning Meeting in the fall to gather parents,
students, teachers, and residents� ideas for
development-based solutions to area problems.
WEST SIDE YOUTH PARTNERSHIP
1. Sharing information among members of the Partnership about
what�s available to youth.
→ Connecting engaged youth with additional resources.
→ Coordinating outreach efforts to disengaged youth.
Action Step: Create a seasonal directory of programs and
services offered by Partnership members.
Action Step: Encourage every organization working with
and serving youth on the West Side to become an active
2. Determining holes in services and programs currently offered,
according to the needs of youth on the West Side, and identifying
collective resources to fill those holes.
4. Bridging any gaps which may exist between West Side youth
organizations and larger entities like the Buffalo Public Schools.
To train an increasing number of at-risk young
adults in the building trades on local
construction sites and to empower them as
leaders of a movement to bring good green
jobs to West Side residents.
Action Step: Placement of YouthBuild
trainees in college programs, paid
employment, or apprenticeships, including
connecting four trainees with living wage
jobs in a weatherization pilot program.
Posted on Wed, June 16, 2010