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  • First Niagara Foundation Makes $100,000 In Grants June 14, 2016 – 10:57 AM Buffalo News Click here to view original article.   The First Niagara Foundation is providing more than $100,000 in grants, aimed at supporting neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing. One of the two grants, for $58,000, will provide access to affordable housing and financial literacy education. The Foundation will partner with Heart of the ...
  • Residents encouraged to buy a home as rents increase in Buffalo June 1, 2016, 6:01pm WIVB Channel 4 News Buffalo By Callan Gray News 4 Reporter Click here to view original story.     BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Renters in Buffalo are being priced out of some neighborhoods because of rising costs. A number of real estate experts told News 4 there is little affordable housing on Buffalo’s West Side. Now, residents are ...
  • Bailey Green Project Aims to Improve Neighborhood   Thursday, April 07, 2016 5:55PM, WGRZ  By Erica Brecher View Original Article and Video   BUFFALO, N.Y. — There’s a group of people who want Western New Yorkers to stop thinking of Buffalo’s East Side as a separate part of the city. They hope their work and investment in those neighborhoods will help make Buffalo whole again. A woman named ...
  • Owner of Bailey Avenue Business Makes It His Mission To Rebuild An Entire Neighborhood March 20, 2016, 12:01 AM, Buffalo News Opinion View Original Article Owner of Bailey Avenue business makes it his mission to rebuild an entire neighborhood A shining example of how corporate and civic responsibility can help mend an entire neighborhood is on full display in a seven-block area along Bailey Avenue. In last Sunday’s Buffalo News, reporter Mark ...
  • At Bailey Green, an Oasis Emerges in Neighborhood Around Harmac Medical Products March 12, 2016, 4:55 PM Buffalo News, By Mark Sommer, News Staff Reporter View Original Article   At Bailey Green, an oasis emerges in neighborhood around Harmac Medical Products Pleas Starks Jr. stands on the porch of his home on Wende Street, located in the neighborhood where his employer, Harmac Medical Products, is teaming with others to bring new ...
  • New York HOME Success Stories 2015 Report New York Home Success Stories 2015 Report Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 By HOME Coalition Click here to view the New York Home Success Stories 2015 Report, featuring Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc.   Additional Information: Today, the HOME Coalition released its new report, “Building HOME: The HOME Investment Partnerships Program’s Impact on America’s Families and Communities.” This first-of-its-kind report analyzes ...
  • State Awards $3M to WNY NonProfits for Housing Projects Monday, June 8, 2015, 6:21am BUFFALO BUSINESS FIRST  By Tracey Drury View Original Article Half a dozen nonprofit groups in Western New York will receive $3 million in state funding to help create more low- and moderate-income housing units. The funds are part of an $11 million allocation announced this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo through 61 awards ...
  • GHHI Selects Service Providers for Pay for Success Projects May 19th, 2015 GREEN & HEALTHY HOMES BLOG By Ruth Ann Norton View Original Article   I am delighted to announce—during the celebration of Asthma Awareness Month—that the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) has selected the following service providers to participate in our national, asthma-related Pay for Success (PFS) feasibility study: Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. (HOCN) and ...
  • Spectrum Health, Priority Health Chosen for Nationwide Asthma Initiative May 19th, 2015 MICHIGAN LIVE By Kyle Moroney View Original Article   GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Spectrum Health and Priority Health are among a handful of service providers – and the only ones in Michigan — chosen for a nationwide health initiative that brings together private, public and nonprofit sectors. The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, a national nonprofit and ...
  • City Leaders Break Ground on New Apartment Complex for Senior Citizens TIME WARNER CABLE NEWS Friday, May 15, 2015 at 05:27 AM  BUFFALO, N.Y. View Original Article Here   City Leaders Break Ground on New Apartment Complex for Senior Citizens A number of leaders broke ground Thursday on a new apartment complex for senior citizens on Buffalo’s East Side. Mt. Aaron Manor, a two-story building located on Genesee Street, will feature ...
  • Buffalo Improvement Projects Getting Buffalo Billion Money April 24, 2015 BUFFALO NEWS, By Jonathan D. Epstein, News Business Reporter View Original Article Continuing the Buffalo Billion initiative, state officials on Friday awarded $11.72 million in low-interest loans and grants to 21 real estate development projects throughout the city to help renovate more than 350 residential apartments and create more than 50,000 square feet of ...
  • A Holistic Approach December 2014, AFFORDABLE HOUSING NEWS Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. was featured in Affordable Housing News’ Winter 2014 Issue. To view this feature, visit Affordable Housing News online and turn to page 88.
  • Hands Across Buffalo Seeking Participants and Volunteers Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 BUFFALO RISING ONLINE By Sarah Maurer View Original Article In less than a month, 7,000 people will join hands across the length of Ferry Street (from Niagara Street to Bailey Avenue) to stand united against poverty and to celebrate Buffalo’s diversity. Hands Across Buffalo will take place on May 17 at 11 a.m., beginning ...
  • The Stake: A Westside Story Saturday, April 19th, 2014 BUFFALOLOYALS.COM By Gregory M. Gelz View Original Article The stake I held in my hand wasn’t very valuable. It was wooden, weather-beaten and I had found it discarded onto a sidewalk street corner on Plymouth Avenue. I was volunteering to do just this task: pick up and clean up the Lower West Side neighborhoods ...
  • A.G. Schneiderman Announces $2.2m In New Funding For Innovative Sustainable Homes Programs In Buffalo, Rochester & Syracuse PRESS RELEASE New Funds From Settlement With Power Company Will Help Refugee Community In Buffalo And At-Risk Homeowners In Rochester And Syracuse Cut Heating Bills, Eliminate Home Health And Safety Hazards Schneiderman: By Supporting New York’s Neediest Families, We Are Strengthening Our Neighborhoods And Revitalizing Our Communities December 12th, 2013  BUFFALO — Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced ...
  • Women In Leadership: Honoree Transforming Buffalo’s West Side October 28th, 2013 WKBW BUFFALO View Original Article Stephanie Simeon’s passion has a purpose. The executive director of the non-profit group, Heart of the City Neighborhoods is working to turn around Buffalo’s West Side, renovating dilapidated homes instead of tearing them down. “I feel like vacant lots are empty teeth in a neighborhood,” says Simeon. Since 1998 when it was ...
  • 3 Smartest Things In Buffalo- July 18th, 2013 July 18, 2013, TRENDINGBUFFALO.COM View Original Article 3 Smartest Things In Buffalo- July 18th, 2013 Written By Scott Michalak I can’t help you beat the heat. Or the humidity. So please stop complaining about it on my Twitter feed and turn your attention back to more pressing issues, like coffee, cat pictures, and hot Ryan Miller rumors. Thank you. 1. Helicopters, ...
  • New Low-Income Apartments Open on West Side July 17th, 2013 03:12 PM, BUFFALO YNN View Original Article and Video New Low-Income Apartments Open on West Side By: Anna Hoffmann BUFFALO, N.Y. — A vacant lot on the west side has been converted into eight low-income apartments. There was an official ribbon cutting at the Cynthia Garden apartments Wednesday. The $1.5 million project was funded by state tax ...
  • Construction Watch: Cynthia Gardens December 25th, 2012, 8:00AM, BUFFALO RISING ONLINE View Original Article Heart of the City Neighborhoods is building eight units of green, affordable housing on the city’s Lower West Side.  The project is being constructed at 294-302 Hudson Street between Plymouth and West avenues. The two townhouse-style buildings designed by Stieglitz Snyder Architecture reflect the neighborhood’s historic character and ...
  • Q&A: Stephanie Simeon November 25th, 2012 INVESTIGATIVE POST, WGRZ CHANNEL 2 NEWS View Original Article Stephanie Simeon is executive director of Heart of the City Neighborhoods, a non-profit housing development corporation serving Buffalo’s Lower West Side. Simeon, 31, is a native of Brooklyn who moved to Buffalo to attend the University at Buffalo, where she earned an undergraduate degree in social ...
  • Local Organizations Unite to Help Disabled Homeowners Friday, November 16th, 2012, 1:43pm WGRZ DOWNTOWN Submitted by Queen City Blogger View Original Article Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York and Heart of The City Neighborhoods, Inc. Announce the Creation of Stable Homes Program Homeowners with developmental disabilities living in the city of Buffalo now have an opportunity for home renovations through the Stable Homes project. Created ...
  • LDA of WNY and HOCN Announce Creation of Stable Homes November 16th, 2012 BUFFALO RISING View Original Article Homeowners with developmental disabilities living in the city of Buffalo now have an opportunity for home renovations through the Stable Homes project, created by Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. (HOCN) and Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York (LDA of WNY). The Stable Homes program provides individuals with ...
  • Today In City Hall November 16, 2012 8:00AM BUFFALO NEWS POLITICS NOW Written By Jill Terreri View Original Article Good morning, Today in City Hall, Mayor Byron W. Brown’s CitiStat team – which includes himself, Deputy Mayor Steve Casey, Corporation Counsel Tim Ball and Commissioner of Finance, Policy and Urban Affairs Janet Penska – are set to question Parking Commissioner Kevin ...
  • Rehabilitating Homes for WNY Families Jul 12, 2012 WGRZ Written by WGRZ Web Staff View Original Article BUFFALO, NY– The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council Wednesday announced 14 housing rehabilitation and community development projects as part of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative. The projects will restore and rehabilitate homes for 290 families in Western New York, with total project costs of $6.9 ...
  • Repair and Reuse of Vacant Houses and Lots Urged at Breakfast Forum May 10, 2012, 6:40 AM BUFFALO NEWS View Original Article By Mark Sommer News Staff Reporter Thousands of vacant houses and lots in Buffalo represent both a crisis and an opportunity, a panel of speakers said Wednesday at a forum in Temple Beth Zion. The subject was part of a breakfast series hosted by Heart of the City Neighborhoods, a ...
  • Meeting Held to Discuss Vacant Properties May 09, 2012 11:03AM  BUFFALO YNN View Original Article A local non profit met earlier today to talk about vacant housing in Buffalo, and look at creative solutions for combating the problem. Local leaders say a lot can be done to help eliminate vacant housing, but the most important thing is cooperation across municipal lines. Leaders say vacant ...
  • Fair Housing Month Focuses on Bias, Rights April 26, 2012, 6:59 AM BUFFALO NEWS View Original Article Various activities are scheduled during Fair Housing Month to raise awareness about housing discrimination and inform people of their rights under fair-housing laws. • From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, a webcast will be available for viewing at www.dhr.ny.gov. Titled “Emerging Federal and State Fair Housing Issues,” ...
  • Session set on how home can affect residents March 13, 2012, 6:28 AM BUFFALO NEWS View Original Article Heart of the City Neighborhoods Inc. will talk about how your home can affect your health as it kicks off its “No Place Like Home” breakfast discussion series at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave. “Your Health or Your Home: Choice No One Should ...
  • Meeting Open to Address Concerns of Neighborhood January 22, 2012, 6:43 AM BUFFALO NEWS View Original Article Three nonprofit organizations in Buffalo’s Lower West Side will hold a meeting for neighborhood residents to air their most pressing concerns from 6 to 7:30 p. m. Wednesday in the community room at Hispanics United of Buffalo, 254 Virginia St. Heart of the City Neighborhoods, the Belle Center ...
  • WNY Receives Over 100 Million In State Money Saturday, December 10th, 2011 1:20PM BUFFALO RISING ONLINE View Original Article Western New York is receiving over $100 million from New York State for a long list of different projects. While there is a lot of money being spread throughout the region, Erie County alone is getting over $51 million of the $100.3 million. Among the big “winners” was ...
  • West Side Makes Progress Sunday, November 6, 2011, 12:00 AM BUFFALO NEWS EDITORIAL BOARD View Original Article West Side Makes Progress Homeowners and community groups are leading a stunning turnaround Much hard work has gone into making the West Side a better place than it was 10 years ago, and the payoff is shown in the rising home values in the neighborhood. The ...
  • The 20th class of “40 Under Forty” Friday, September 9, 2011, 4:23am  BUSINESS FIRST By James Fink, Buffalo Business First Reporter View Original Article A diverse group of rising leaders in Western New York were selected for the 2011 Business First 40 Under Forty class. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual program. Click here for a database with the names of all 800 ...
  • The High Road Runs Through the City August 15, 2011 7:45 AM BUFFALO RISING ONLINE By Queens Eye View Original Article We all know how nice it is to have so many collegiate institutions in the region, especially since the advent of Service Learning programs. There is one university that’s located 150 miles away that should also get some credit for lending a hand to ...
  • Forum Held to Bridge the Gap Between Minority Contractors and Developers Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 11:33 PM- BUFFALO NEWS By Maryellen Tighe View Original Article “Connections to Aid Businesses with Jobs” Tashene Eubanks and Sammie Davis Jr. seem like a perfect business pair. Eubanks is a compliance officer for the City of Buffalo. Davis Jr. is a lead inspector and owner of an inspection company, Davis & Bartholomew. But the ...
  • ‘Bridging the Gap’ Saturday, July 23, 2011, 12:00AM – BUFFALO NEWS, STRICTLY BUSINESS BLOG Updated: July 23, 2011, 3:29 PM View Original Article Heart of the City Neighborhoods, a West Side-based community development corporation, is hosting a small business development forum, titled “Bridging the Gap,” for minority and women contractors and developers. The event will be held from 8:30 to 11 a. ...
  • Building a Movement: A Nickel City Film Series Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 12:37pm- BUFFALO RISING ONLINE View Original Article Written By Anicka Edwards After taking a week off, local Community Development Corporation Heart of the City Neighborhoods (HOCN) will continue presenting its film series titled “Building a Movement: A Nickel City Film Series” this week. The series has two more films remaining:” Welcome to Shelbyville” and ...
  • Building A Movement: A Nickel City Film Series Tuesday, July 5th, 8:10 pm- WGRZ CHANNEL 2 NORTH BUFFALO NEWS View Original Article Submitted by Katie Riznyk, Topics: Arts, Culture, Events, News Local Community Development Corporation Heart of the City Neighborhoods (HOCN) began presenting their first ever film series, titled “Building a Movement: A Nickel City Film Series” this June. The series, running through July, has shown ...
  • Heart of the City to Open Film Series Wednesday June 14, 2011, 6:27 AM BUFFALO NEWS View Original Article Heart of the City Neighborhoods will kick off “Building a Movement:A Nickel City Film Series,” free screenings of five community-related documentaries, at 7 p. m. Wednesday in the Theatre of Youth, 223 Allen St. It starts with the 2003 film “Flag Wars,” which looks at the conflicts accompanying ...
  • Heart of the City’s 2nd Annual Kickball Tournament Tuesday, May 31st, 11:15 am WGRZ.COM Submitted by Steve Morse, Onsight Photography View Original Article Saturday, June 4th from 12:00pm-6:00pmEnjoy hot dogs, beer and other refreshments atour concession stands while you cheer on localorganizations and businesses as they competefor the trophy! Bring out the whole family tokick-off the summer with Heart of the CityNeighborhoods, a Lower West Side non-profitdedicated ...
  • Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. 2nd Annual Kickball Tournament May 29th, 2011 6:13am- EXAMINER.COM By Rachel Monaco View Original Article Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc., which helps provide affordable, quality housing to Buffalo’s Lower West Side, will host its 2nd annual kickball tournament on Saturday June 4th at LaSalle Park. This annual fundraiser will feature numerous not-for-profit agencies and area organizations across the City of Buffalo. Heart ...
  • Empowering Neighbors – Heart of the City’s Stephanie Simeon Thursday, May 19, 2011- The Good Neighborhood View Original Article By Megan Callahan This week’s Empowering Neighbor is Heart of the City Neighborhoods Executive Director, Stephanie Simeon. A transplant from Brooklyn who made Buffalo home after receiving both her undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Buffalo, she holds a masters degree in urban planning, with a ...
  • “Good Morning, Buffalo: A Quick Look At What’s Happening Today In Western New York” Tuesday May 17, 2011, 12:12 AM- BUFFALO NEWS By Dale Anderson, News Staff Reporter View Original Article The City of Buffalo is revising its zoning code to make it more environmentally friendly. The whole thing will be explained today when the Partnership for the Public Good holds a free forum, “Buffalo’s Green Code, A Historic Opportunity,” from 4 ...
  • The Eights Hosts Spring Mixer for Green Options, Heart of the City and Journey’s End Wednesday, April 27th 2011 The Good Neighborhood View Original Article By Seamus Gallivan Though I have good and exciting reasons to not be in Buffalo today, I’m still bummed to have to miss tonight’s Spring Mixer hosted by Green Options Buffalo, Heart of the City Neighborhoods, and Journey’s End Refugee Services tonight at the Eights Bistro (888 Main St., ...
  • Workin’ Through the Weekend – Boom Days & Cleanup; Tree Planting, E-Recycling The Good Neighborhood- April 15th, 2011 By Andrew Delmonte View Original Article From Seamus Gallivan: What a wild weekend in Buffalo, both for work and play – and both of those under the banner of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s ninth annual Boom Days celebration, which starts tonight with parties and Chow Chocolat; on the Edward M. Cotter for the ...
  • Early Bird Kickball Tournament Registration Ends Friday Buffalo Rising – April 6th, 2011 At some point, the snow is going to stop falling on the city of Buffalo and we will all be well-overdue for some fun in the sun.  Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. (HOCN) is already looking forward to those days, which will bring their 2nd Annual Kickball Tournament fundraiser. Although ...
  • The Good Hood To Defend Throne In 2nd Annual Heart of the City Kickball Tourney The Good Neighborhood- March 18th, 2011 By Seamus Gallivan View Original Article Practice?! We don’t need no stinkin’ practice! The reigning champs are ready to defend our throne at the second annual Heart of the City Neighborhoods Kickball Tournament, just announced for Saturday, June 4th, at noon in Lasalle Park. The fundraiser is part of Heart of the City’s ...
  • Heart of the City Neighborhoods Plans Rehab Project Tue, Nov 3rd 2009 10:17 am Buffalo Rising Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. plans to rehabilitate five houses on Whitney Place in Buffalo this winter. The houses are located at 178, 197, 198, 245, and 251 Whitney place and have been vacant for over five years. Stephanie Simeon, Executive Director at Heart of the City Neighborhoods, ...
  • Spotlight Buffalo: Heart of the City, Inc. October 19, 2009 at 12:54 pm WNY MEDIA By Ryan Nagelhout- Talk About It View Original Article On a single street in Buffalo, two opposite ends of the spectrum sit side by side.On the left is what amounts to a brand new house, an eco-friendly, well-landscaped home ready for occupation with no repairs necessary. On the right, a ...
  • New-Build Apartment Plans Draws Protests Fri, Jul 10th 2009 04:00 pm ArtVoice View Original Article Heart of the City Neighborhoods, a West Side housing nonprofit geared toward development and rehabilitation, has been working for five years to acquire state funding for two new buildings on Hudson Street between Plymouth and West Avenues. Last month, they received the sizable grant from New York’s Housing ...
  • Heart of the City Neighborhoods Announces $1.5 Million Green Development Tue, Jun 30th 2009 09:00 am BUFFALO – Following years of hard work to locate financial resources to support their comprehensive development initiative, Heart of the City Neighborhoods has received a $1.5 million award from New York’s Housing Trust Fund Corporation to build 8 units of green, affordable housing on the city’s Lower West Side. Heart of ...
  • Heart of the City Hosts Green Builders Forum Wed, Mar 25th 2009 02:00 pm View Original Article Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. hosted the Green Building Forum: A Blueprint for Change, a forum for nearly 100 local building professionals interested in creating green and affordable housing in Buffalo, Wednesday at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. Keynote speakers Ann Petersen, Home Ownership Coordinator for the City ...
  • Local Officials Celebrate Revitalization… Local Official Celebrate Revitalization of Buffalo’s Downtown Neighborhood with Grand Opening of Watkins Building October 22, 2001 THE COMMUNITY PRESERVATION CORPORATION View Original Press Release Public-Private Partnership of CPC, City of Buffalo And Heart of the City Neighborhoods Helps Transform Historic Building into Apartments An historic vacant building that once hosted visitors to the Pan-American Exposition a century ago has been ...