Partnership for the Public Good

Partnership for the Public Good PPG is a community-based think tank that builds a more just, sustainable, and culturally vibrant Buffalo Niagara, together with our 285 community partners.
Partnership for the Public Good is a community-based think tank that builds a more just, sustainable, and culturally vibrant Buffalo Niagara through action-oriented research, policy development, and citizen engagement.

Sign the petition!!Tenants are protected from eviction for 90 days, but what happens when those 90 days end? If you lost...
03/25/2020
Reclaim Our Homes: Rent Suspension Now!

Sign the petition!!
Tenants are protected from eviction for 90 days, but what happens when those 90 days end? If you lost your job and can't pay the rent during this period, you'll likely be evicted. NYS must suspend rent payments until this crisis has ended and tenants can resume working!
PUSH Buffalo

Everyday the housing crisis related to COVID-19 crisis gets worse and worse. Housing is healthcare. An eviction moratorium is the first step, but right now it’s critical that every New Yorker is safely housed, especially those who are currently without homes or most in danger of losing their homes...

We still have some neighbors living without water in their homes - those who had service shut-off before the crisis. If ...
03/23/2020
Critics want water shut-offs reversed, but city says residents must call first

We still have some neighbors living without water in their homes - those who had service shut-off before the crisis. If you know of someone in this difficult situation, they can call Buffalo Water Customer Service at 847-1065 to have water turned back on at no cost:
- Press 1 for "an emergency related to water services"
- Then press 1 to be connected to the Dispatch Department
- Be ready to give the name, address, and account number (if known) where service is needed.

Together with our partners, we are compiling a list of people in need of water service to give to Buffalo Water. Please email [email protected] or call 716-217-0297 to add yourself or someone you know to the list for water turn-ons. Western New York Law Center PUSH Buffalo Center for Elder Law & Justice Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo Conect Neighborhood Legal Services - Western NY Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc.

A 67-year-old Vietnam veteran in South Buffalo with health issues did not have running water in his home for more than a year after the B...

03/19/2020
indefenseof.us

"As faith leaders, it is often our role to stand up for the vulnerable and to buoy those who may find themselves encountering the full force of crisis. We now feel compelled to stand up for justice, and voice our absolute opposition to any changes to New York’s pre-trial bail statute. Our collective moral compass demands we choose people’s dignity over politics."

Read the full letter from 165+ faith leaders to @GovernorAndrewCuomo @andrea.stewartcousins @carleheastie:

https://indefenseof.us/assets/images/Sign-On-Letter-Faith-Leaders-Supporting-Bail-Reform-March-2020.pdf

03/18/2020
Partnership for the Public Good

Join our Virtual Bail Town Hall - add your questions or comments here or log in to Zoom. Speaking now is Monica Lynch — her brother died in less than a day at the Holding Center last year, where he was being held after a disorderly conduct charge. Under the new law, he would not be in the Holding Center before his arraignment.

Join in our Virtual Bail Reform Town Hall!

Zoom link: https://cornell.zoom.us/j/786527766
Call in by phone: +1 646 876 9923 (Meeting ID: 822 765 870)

ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project - VLP
03/18/2020

ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project - VLP

Attention! Due to Covid-19, VLP's legal clinics are now being run as a phone-in model until further notice. Please see below for hours of operation and numbers to call. Thank you for your understanding.

03/18/2020

Gov. Cuomo has hinted that changes to bail reform laws could be made as early as TODAY. Call him to demand NO ROLLBACKS to bail reform at (518) 474-8390 and join us and civil rights advocates tonight at our virtual town hall on bail reform via Zoom (link on event page), or watch and submit your questions and comments here through Facebook Live.

#Bailreform
#Norollbacks

03/17/2020
The Public Good with Renee Cadzow and Lauren Clay - Coming Together to Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus

Today we're bringing you a special edition of The Public Good radio show - filmed from home via Zoom, rather than in studio at Power 96.5 WNY. Our host Andrea is joined by Renee Cadzow, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Administration and Public Health at D'Youville College and her colleague Assistant Professor Lauren Clay - a disaster scientist. We're discussing what steps individuals, organizations, and local government has taken and can still take to slow the spread of coronavirus in Buffalo and Western New York. Next week, we'll speak with PUSH Buffalo and Conect-with-us on the work of neighborhood-based community groups in responding to residents' needs and the policies we need to push for now to protect and preserve the health, safety, and economic well-being of our neighbors.

Of tenants who appeared in court for eviction cases and were represented by Neighborhood Legal Services - Western NY or ...
03/12/2020

Of tenants who appeared in court for eviction cases and were represented by Neighborhood Legal Services - Western NY or ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project - VLP, most were being evicted from homes on the east side.
Check out the full report here:https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/housing_neighborhoods/general/housingneighborhoods-_evicted_in_buffalo.pdf

PUSH Buffalo
03/10/2020
PUSH Buffalo

PUSH Buffalo

ICYMI: With rents too high and wages too low, Buffalo has an eviction problem. Research from the Partnership for the Public Good pegs the eviction rate at nearly 13 percent. Listen to Orlando Dickson and Sarah Wooten of PPG to WBFO's Press Pass to outline potential solutions.

03/10/2020

We’re live with Kathryn Franco of the Western New York Law Center's Buffalo Niagara Community Reinvestment Coalition explaining Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) that banks can agree to in low to moderate income communities to expand locations and services in an effort to mitigate the historic and enduring effects of redlining.

Does this topic energize you? Consider applying to be an organizer for BNCRC:https://www.bncrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/BNCRC-Organizer-Position_2019.pdf

"With rents too high and wages too low, Buffalo has an eviction problem." PPG's Sarah Wooton and Orlando Dickson offer s...
03/10/2020
Press Pass: Rising to address Buffalo's high eviction rates

"With rents too high and wages too low, Buffalo has an eviction problem." PPG's Sarah Wooton and Orlando Dickson offer some insights from "Evicted in Buffalo: the High Costs of Involuntary Mobility" on WBFO's Press Pass. Read the full report here:https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/housing_neighborhoods/general/housingneighborhoods-_evicted_in_buffalo.pdf

With rents too high and wages too low, Buffalo has an eviction problem. Research from the Partnership for the Public Good pegs the eviction rate at nearly

" 'Me, I see a lot of people moving out because they can’t afford it,' said Lisa Luciano-Perez, whose parents bought her...
03/09/2020
Buffalo Property Tax Coalition

" 'Me, I see a lot of people moving out because they can’t afford it,' said Lisa Luciano-Perez, whose parents bought her West Avenue home 50 years ago. 'It’s a really sad situation. We have families who have been here all their lives who can’t afford it anymore and may have to leave their homes.' ”

Check out this piece from Caitlin Dewey of The Buffalo News about how the City's 2020 reassessment is impacting many low-income homeowners. Buffalo needs a partial property tax exemption for low-income homeowners--not just 350 seniors in a handful of census tracts.

The Buffalo News published a long form piece yesterday on the impacts of the reassessment on low-income homeowners. Unfortunately, the city's new senior tax exemption for 7 census tracts excludes hundreds if not thousands of households that need it.

What you can do about it: talk to your councilmember and state legislators about your situation and the need for an income-based partial property tax exemption in the City of Buffalo.
Allentown Association PUSH Buffalo Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc. Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc.

A powerful--and not uncommon--eviction story captured in the Buffalo News' coverage of our recent report: "[Tenants faci...
03/06/2020
Buffalo eviction rates have reached 'astonishing' levels, report says

A powerful--and not uncommon--eviction story captured in the Buffalo News' coverage of our recent report:

"[Tenants facing eviction] include people like Margaret Cameron, who shuffled into housing court behind her royal-blue walker this week. The lifelong East Side resident used to own the house she now has to leave.

When her husband died, she fell behind on taxes, and the city auctioned the house to a downstate investor who sent her a $700 rent bill. But her monthly income is only $780, Cameron told the court. With Deren's [the court attorney's] help, Cameron and the landlord agreed to $400 per month until July, when she'll move out of her home of more than 30 years."

Tenant eviction rates have long been high in Buffalo, one of the poorest cities in the country. But according to a report released Wednes...

MOST of the tenants we interviewed in housing court said they'd have no place to go if they were evicted. Passing the #H...
03/06/2020

MOST of the tenants we interviewed in housing court said they'd have no place to go if they were evicted.

Passing the #HomeStabilitySupport legislation, as well as expanding criteria for emergency assistance rental payments would keep more tenants in their homes!

To learn more, see our report:https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/housing_neighborhoods/general/housingneighborhoods-_evicted_in_buffalo.pdf
PUSH Buffalo Homeless Alliance of Western New York Neighborhood Legal Services - Western NY

Thanks to Buffalo Rising for covering our new evictions report! 8,530 evictions were filed in 2017, and for over half of...
03/04/2020
New Report: Buffalo’s “Massive” Eviction Problem, What it Costs Us, and How to Fix It

Thanks to Buffalo Rising for covering our new evictions report! 8,530 evictions were filed in 2017, and for over half of those cases, an eviction warrant was issued. Being evicted impacts nearly every facet of someone's life and their families' life: from their ability to go to work, their children's stability at school, their access to healthcare, and their quality of housing.

Check out the report for potential solutions:https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/housing_neighborhoods/general/housingneighborhoods-_evicted_in_buffalo.pdf

A report released today finds that Buffalo has a “massive” eviction problem, with an eviction rate of 14.6% of renting households - much higher than that of comparable cities including Cincinnati (8.8%), Cleveland (8.2%), Milwaukee (8.6%), and Philadelphia (7.5%). This “involuntary mobility”...

03/04/2020

We’re here live reporting on evictions in Buffalo!

There are still spots left for next week's workshop on Land Use, Green Code, and Zoning in Buffalo-join us (3/5) 12:30-2...
02/27/2020
Buffalo Commons Workshop: Local Land Use, Green Code, And Zoning > Events > News > Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) - Buffalo, NY

There are still spots left for next week's workshop on Land Use, Green Code, and Zoning in Buffalo-join us (3/5) 12:30-2:30pm! These decisions have major impacts on the well-being of our Buffalo/Erie County communities: https://bit.ly/2Vt6oUI

Zoning and land use decisions have major impacts on the wellbeing of a community. This workshop will feature Jessie Fisher, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara and Art Giacalone, Land Use and Zoning Attorney sharing how individuals and groups in Buffalo and Erie County can understand

02/25/2020

We’re live with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Outreach and Engagement Manager, Jenna Brinkworth, University at Buffalo student, Sadie Kratt, and Imagine:Hamburg community clean up driver, Priscilla Trageser, who are all members of the Cigarette Butt Coalition. Cigarette butts are the #1 form of picked up litter in the world and these three are aiming to reduce that environmental concern starting with WNY!

02/18/2020

We’re live with Phil Haberstro and Lucy Connery chatting about WNY WALKS!, an initiative of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY!

As you may be familiar from tracking your steps, walking certainly has personal health benefits. But reimagining walking from an individualistic to wholistic endeavor leads to the credence for building walkable cities which offer a slew of social, environmental, and economic benefits.

Just a small glimpse of the civic education PPG staff member Orlando Dickson provides in the community.Next up Orlando w...
02/17/2020
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Just a small glimpse of the civic education PPG staff member Orlando Dickson provides in the community.

Next up Orlando will be leading PPG's 2020 Community Agenda: A Deeper Discussion on Thurs. Feb 20th 6-7:30pm at 280 Porter Ave.

Thank you to Partnership for the Public Good and Orlando Dickson for presenting a #SundayInsights talk at Albright-Knox Northland on February 16. Join us for our next talk on March 15 with Beverly Crowell of the Northland Beltline Taxpayers Association.

02/11/2020

We’re live celebrating a win for Frontline Arts Buffalo with Maria Ta, Ujima Company Inc. and Zainab Saleh, PPG. Yesterday, Erie County announced changes to simplify their funding process for smaller arts and cultural organizations. We’ll learn what else FAB has in store for the year as we collaboratively work towards their 2020 Community Agenda goal of Equitable and Increased Representation of Frontline Communities in Public Art.

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02/11/2020

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Do you live in Buffalo, NY?  The Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces want to hear from you!You're invite...
02/11/2020

Do you live in Buffalo, NY? The Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces want to hear from you!

You're invited to join in a research study to assess the impact of the Canalside on the surrounding community. You'll participate in a small group discussion and share your opinions of the space.

In exchange for your participation, you’ll receive a free dinner and a $10 stipend!

WHEN: Wednesday, February 12th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
WHERE: 95 Perry Street, Buffalo, NY 14203



RSVP here: https://pps1.typeform.com/to/GWfn8E

We’re at the Freedom Wall celebrating changes to make Erie County arts and cultural funding more accessible and inclusiv...
02/10/2020

We’re at the Freedom Wall celebrating changes to make Erie County arts and cultural funding more accessible and inclusive of Frontline Arts organizations. Here is Lorna Hill of Ujima Company calling the responsiveness of county government to make these changes — and the leadership of County Legislature Chair April Baskin — “a revelation.” Congratulations to our partners on an early win for our 2020 Community Agenda!

County Legislature Chairwoman April Baskin would like to invite you to a press conference today, Monday, February 10 at ...
02/10/2020
2020 CULTURAL FUNDING APPLICATION RELEASE AND APPLICANT BRIEFING | Environment & Planning

County Legislature Chairwoman April Baskin would like to invite you to a press conference today, Monday, February 10 at 2pm at the Freedom Wall (Michigan & E. Ferry) for an announcement on changes to Erie County funding for arts & cultural organizations. She will be joined by Erie County Deputy County Executive Maria Whyte. They both will be discussing key changes that will make the application process more accessible and inclusive for smaller and diverse arts organizations.

This is a major win for the Frontline Arts Buffalo coalition and the larger frontline arts community that they represent.

Erie County/Town of Hamburg 2020 Action Plan and the Five-Year Consolidated Plan 2020-2024 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Home Investment Partnership Grant (HOME) and

Partnership for the Public Good's cover photo
02/04/2020

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A HUGE thank you to everyone who made last night's Jeopardy for the Public Good the hilarious romp that it was: all thos...
01/31/2020

A HUGE thank you to everyone who made last night's Jeopardy for the Public Good the hilarious romp that it was: all those who donated and attended, our lovely contestants, Flying Bison Brewing Company, Seamus Gallivan & Rachel F. (the 2020 Jeopardy champs!), and of course, Buffalo's illustrious "Alex Trebek," Christy Limniatis! You all made this an unforgettable evening.

01/28/2020

We’re live doing a run down of the 2020 Community Agenda for those who might have missed it with Orlando Dickson, Civic Educator for PPG and Harper Bishop, Deputy Director of Movement Building for PUSH Buffalo.

01/24/2020

Our director Andrea is joining a press conference called by New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes on bail reform.

01/21/2020

We’re live with Shirley Verrico, Curator at Buffalo Arts Studio. Be sure to make time in your schedule to see two upcoming exhibitions Jan 24 - Mar 6 featuring indigenous artists, Jay Carrier and Mary Rouse. Get details here >> http://bit.ly/2umG434

Happy MLK Day! Join us tomorrow on The Public Good to talk about why highlighting artists of color is imperative in the ...
01/20/2020

Happy MLK Day! Join us tomorrow on The Public Good to talk about why highlighting artists of color is imperative in the contemporary movement. We'll be joined by Buffalo Arts Studio Curator, Shirley Verrico. We'll also dive into their two upcoming exhibits by artists Jay Carrier and Mary Rouse on display Jan 24- Mar 6.

The show airs at 1pm on Facebook Live and 10pm on Power 96.5 WNYFM/Mix 1080 AM. You won't want to miss it!

We are grateful to our partners in government for supporting the announcement of our 2020 Community Agenda this week. Er...
01/18/2020

We are grateful to our partners in government for supporting the announcement of our 2020 Community Agenda this week. Erie County Legislature Chair April Baskin said: "I am always proud to support and work with the Partnership for the Public Good on their mission to create a more just, sustainable Erie County. Inclusion of minority artists in both public spaces and Erie County cultural funding, improving public transportation for transit-dependent riders in conjunction with the NFTA, and preventing lead poisoning in our young people are all initiatives the Legislature has focused on this year. With the help of the Partnership for the Public Good, I am confident we can do even more in 2020 to bring equity and representation to all of our diverse communities."

Read our 2020 Community Agenda here: https://ppgbuffalo.org/community-agenda/

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My Grandfather Dominick DeAngelis and my Grandmother Antonette owen and operated the Houghs Neck Carousel! The Carousel was up in running in Houghs Neck section of Quincy MA , My grandfather and grandmother had a Penny Arced, Shooting Gallery a long with out door movies, and at Christmas time would have the carousel all lit up for Christmas and would sell Christmas trees and wreaths! The city built a new elementary school 1953-54 so they made him take the carousel down, it was first put away underneath the DiMarzio's Roller skating for several years and as luck with have it they made them move it because they rented out the space to a moving company, so the carousel was move and put underneath my grandparents house with about a dozen pieces put in our basement ( my brothers and our friends with play on them as kids) Then in 1985 it was taken out and movedl to a company by the name of Carousel Works owned by Art Richie in Mansfield Ohio. My family (The Brill Family) lived on the 2nd and third floors as my grandmother lived on the first floor! Please let me know ASAP just when, what date it will be up and running! Thanks Joe Brill!
It will be interesting to see how staff prosecutors handle marijuana cases that are currently pending in Buffalo City Court. #courtwatch
CLARO will be held Friday 12/14/2018 at Buffalo City Court 50 Delaware Avenue from 10 AM till 12 Noon. Please bring any documentation that pertains to your case
Good afternoon, fellow community members! I am a board member for RAHAMA, a local grassroots organization. RAHAMA is a not-for-profit organization founded on Islamic principles dedicated to supporting women and children who are victims of domestic violence. We would like to invite the community to attend our upcoming fundraiser as a contributors or simply as representations of community support. We are hoping to establish a transitional housing shelter for 6 to 8 women and their children. The shelter will be located near a bus line so that women will have easy access to transportation. This transitional housing will be a safe place where women are provided safety planning, counseling, education and referrals to the local resources that are necessary in their journey to healing. While no woman will be turned away we will cater to the unique needs of Muslim women which differentiates us from the other area shelters in Buffalo. We will be the only faith based shelter that offers support for domestic violence within an Islamic environment. We will provide halal meals, a place to pray, and access to local imams. We currently offer culturally competent counseling for women and spiritual support by a group of dedicated social workers and volunteers. We also seek to dispel the myths about domestic violence in Islam with the women we serve and in the larger community. In addition, we hope to offer a women’s support group in order to help in the process of dealing with abuse.
Please share with anyone who might be interested in participating! https://www.facebook.com/events/729288794128525/
Two weeks until the Walk/Roll for Access! We've got everything covered, we just need you there!! Here is a flyer with all the details. Assemblyman Erik T. Bohen is donating water for us all, and we will have pizza and drinks on sale after the walk for $5. It's a good idea to bring sunscreen and water, and maybe a little snack for along the way. We have a wheelchair accessible van from Fenton Mobility for anyone who can't finish the walk, and an accessible shuttle from Aspire for getting back and forth from Southgate Plaza. For those of you who can't make the walk, come to the press conference and show your support there! Thank you for joining your voices together to make sure that the Office FOR People with Developmental Disabilities is accessible TO People with Developmental Disabilities! Move the DDSO!
#VDER is stifling #CommunitySolar in #NYS, but #A10474 can fix that! NY must expand #solar to meet #CleanEnergy mandates & save #jobs. https://twitter.com/NYenergydem/status/1005113430720827393/video/1
Check out Fair Share Housing Development in Camden New Jersey. Mount Laurel Litigation made this possible. This group has built 656 units using the law it fought for. Each municipality in new jersey must plan, zone, and take measures to provide its fair share of the regions affordable housing. Just listened to the pod cast on face book. Hope you do it again.
Hi! I was last in Buffalo with #RenewableHeatNow in November and before that at the Governor's 2017 State of the State at UB in January. I am asking for your help getting postcard signatures (voices) to bring to the PSC on Jan 18: Utility rate cases are currently underway in National Grid and Central Hudson territories. Help Alliance for a Green Economy and Citizens for Local Power keep your rates from rising, bring your fixed charges down to a level more in line with neighboring states, and prevent gas infrastructure expansion! We're heading to Albany Thursday, Jan 18 to make the ask, and I ask you to please sign a card online today! Make your voice count!"
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