People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo)
PUSH Buffalo is a local membership-based community organization fighting to make affordable housing a reality on Buffalo’s West Side. The mission of PUSH Buffalo is to mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality affordable housing, expand local hiring opportunities, and advance economic justice. PUSH Buffalo's strategies include decreasing the rate of housing abandonment through redevelopment; leading direct action campaigns; creating a replicable model of grassroots neighborhood organizing; and managing social enterprises. Related most directly to adaptation, PUSH’s venture, "PUSH Blue," is an initiative dedicated to green infrastructure, storm water management, and green jobs in PUSH’s Green Development Zone (GDZ), a 25-square block area of the city’s West Side.
"PUSH Green" is a community-based energy efficiency program funded by PUSH Buffalo and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The program provides Erie County residents access to free energy assessments, installation services, low-cost financing, solar energy, and workforce opportunities.
Buffalo Neighborhood Stabilization Corporation (BNSC), PUSH’s housing development organization, has the specific mission of creating green, affordable housing and redeveloping vacant land in the GDZ. BNSC also acts as a land bank to stabilize the neighborhood by acquiring vacant buildings and lots and prepare them for development under community supervision. In this way, BNSC aims to prevent rapid gentrification that would displace low-income residents from the area and diminish their housing options.
Phone: (716) 884-0356
- Land management and conservation
- Land use and built environment
- Frontline Communities
- Water infrastructure